We still have Yelloweye and Soldier beans for sale, but are sold out of Jacob's Cattle and Marafax.

Heirloom Beans

Maine Yellow Eye Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) are related to the kidney bean. This bean is also referred to as a Dot-Eye Bean, Molasses-Face Bean and Yellow-Eyed China Bean. Maine Yellow Eye Beans are primarily ivory colored with tiny mustard colored markings surrounding the 'eye' on the inner seam of the bean. Yellow Eyes are about 1/2 inch, oval shaped with a mild, almost sweet flavor and mealy texture. 

European Soldier Bean: These Heirloom beans resemble a tiny, toy 18th century soldier due to their long white body with reddish “eye” markings earning them their name, European Soldier bean. Known as a baking bean, they are also known as Red Eye beans and can replace almost any bean from the white bean family in recipes. Soldier beans are about 3/4 inch long with a mild flavor and firm texture. In France, this bean is known as 'Haricot St-Esprit à Oeil Rouge' or 'Holy Spirit in Red Eye' bean.

Jacob's Cattle Bean: Also called a Trout bean or an Appaloosa bean, but Jacob’s Cattle bean is the oldest name for the variety. This bean is a Prince Edward Island heirloom. Legend has it that it was a gift from Maine’s Passamaquoddy Indians to Joseph Clark, the first white child born in Lubec, Maine.  It is a plump, white and red speckled, kidney-shaped bean with vivid maroon splashes. It is full-flavored, holds its shape under long cooking, and stands up well to plenty of seasoning. 

Marafax Beans: The origins of the Marafax bean are mostly lost, but we know they have been grown in New England for over a century. The beans are medium-small, roundish, and golden-tan colored. They have a rich flavor, are great for baked beans, and hold up well to reheating. Marfax Beans are a favorite for DownEast Maine communities. Marafax closely resemble Swedish Brown Beans.