Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center

Vegetable Research and Extension

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Dry Bean Varieties for Niche Markets in the USA

Photo of a mix of dry bean varieties

All varieties listed are common beans, Phaseolus vulgaris L., unless noted next to variety name. Days to maturity, plant height, and pod and bean measurements are based on data collected from our replicated field trials grown from years 2001 to 2004, in Vancouver, Washington and in 2013 in Mount Vernon, Washington.


Great Northern

Small White/Navy

White Kidney


Dark Red Kidney

Light Red Kidney

Small Red/Red Mexican


White with Partial Color

Colored with Partial Color

Brown Beans

Yellow Beans



Yellow Eye

Jacob’s Cattle Markings

Purplish Beans


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