Bean, Pole Dry, 'Tolosa'

*Ark of Taste Heirloom*
As the title of an article in The Atlantic about the Basque black bean proclaimed a few years ago, Alubia di Tolosa is indeed “The Most Famous Bean in Spain”. Complete with its own “Brotherhood of the Bean”, a harvest festival in Tolosa, a Slow Food Presidium, and denominación de origin protection it is considered a pretty big deal in its homeland and is quickly gaining a wider audience. A vigorous climber, Alubia pushes the limits of our farm trellis system, growing easily to the tops of the 8’ poles and often continuing another 8’ horizontally along the top wire. Vines hang thick with pods of the plump, glossy black bean. Maturity is on the late side for the coolest pockets of the PNW but we have had no problems in our warming summers and know several growers who have reliable success in the Willamette Valley. The beautiful fine skinned beans cook to a deep purple and the traditional preparation is one of simplicity: olive oil, bay leaf, salt. and nothing more. The publicity has been good for the growers in Spain; the beans fetch a good price and increasing demand has encouraged larger harvests each year. We first encountered these beauties at the 2006 Salone del Gusto during Terra Madre in Torino, Italy.
110 days. UO

Packet: 40 seeds

Product Code: BEA-AT-pkt

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Growing Info


Direct seed after the last frost date when the soil has warmed.

Pole beans produce over a long season so multiple sowings are unnecessary.

Note: Beans prefer well-drained soil.




4-6 seeds per linear foot in rows 12" apart. Depending on your trellis system, you may also sow 4-6 seeds around each pole.


5-10 days @ soil temp 65-90F


Full sun to part shade


Low to average. Beans prefer well-drained warm soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0.


Beans prefer warm soils and may rot at lower temperatures. This is particularly true for white-seeded varieties. You love beans. Patience.

To increase yields in areas where beans have not previously been grown, use an inoculant to introduce rhizobia bacteria into the soil.

Pole beans require trellising, fencing, or poles!

Allow pods to dry on plant and pick often.