Hungarian Rice Bean

Hungarian Rice Bean Seeds

A forgotten delicacy

Phaseolus vulgaris
Miniature beans that resemble rice.
Intriguing to gourmet sensibilities. Marvel at the dwarf bonsai-like plants (about 14" tall max.) and mini-pods. A long forgotten culinary classic. Prepare the beans like rice.
Product ID# BN0501 , Grown in the Northeast

Currently unavailable. Full catalog will return by January 1st, 2018.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 to 75 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 4 to 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
Height at Maturity 14 inches
Detailed Product Info

Miniature beans resembling rice have always been intriguing to gourmet sensibilities. William Woys Weaver managed to locate the original strain, and now we are offering it here for the first time. This variety was introduced at the Paris Exposition of 1854, and produces dwarf Bonsai-like plants (about 14 inches tall maximum) and mini-pods with rice-like seeds. A long forgotten culinary classic, the beans can be cooked exactly like rice--or, for a nouveau touch, mix with wild rice and morels. NOTE: Seed count differs from print catalog listing.

Growing Instructions

Direct sow outdoors as soon as the threat of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1 inch apart and thin to 4-8 inch spacing. Protect with row cover from bean beetles if necessary. For best results, allow the beans to dry on the plant. Harvest beans when dry prior to the first fall frost. If weather does not permit this, pull the plants up at the last possible moment and hang to dry, then thresh the plants to remove the beans. Store in a cool, dry dark place.