Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean

"One can never forget the sadness and solemnity of that morning. Chief John Ross led in prayer and when the bugle sounded and the wagons started rolling many of the children rose to their feet and waved their little hands good-by to their mountain homes, knowing they were leaving them forever." ~John Burnett's Story of the Trail of Tears

In 1838 the Cherokee were driven out of their homelands in the state of Georgia by the US government to make room for more European settlers , a forced march known as the 'Trail of Tears'. This bean is one of their heirlooms they managed to keep with them and has been passed on from generation to generation ever since.


Tony R. said...

I have still yet to plant these bean but i'm really excited about planting them next year!

Are they bush or pole?

Amber said...

Hi Tony! They're pole beans. I leave them on the vine until the pods are completely dry and the beans rattle inside. Then harvest and shell. I spread the beans out on trays for a couple of days to make sure they are completely dry, then I put them in the freezer for 24 hrs to kill off any egg laying bugs. Then they're ready to store and use just like you would regular black beans. Yum!

Oh hey, I got that book out of the library you recommended and I'm really enjoying it. So many cool and inspirational initiatives happening in cities. Thanks!