50 Seeds per pack
(Phaseolus vulgaris) 109 days. Dry Bean Light Red Kidney Beans are very similar to dark red kidneys except for the lighter color. Light Reds are an excellent baking bean and add variation and color to baked beans. Caution: Do Not eat Kidney Beans raw or as sprouts. Raw Kidney Beans and Kidney Bean sprouts contain lectin, a glycoprotein that can bind to sugars in membranes, causing changes in the membrane that lead to agglutination (clumping of cells) and mitosis (cell division). In the digestive tract, they bind to intestinal cells and block absorption, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea lasting about 4 hours, after ingesting as little 4 raw Kidney Beans. The Kidney Bean lectin (hemagglutinin) is destroyed by thorough boiling for 10 minutes, after which water should be discarded and replaced before cooking, whether simmering or cooking in a slow cooker/crock pot.
Planting Instructions for Light Red Kidney Bean Seeds
Sow Heirloom / Open Pollinated Light Red Kidney beans 1-2″ deep, 2-6″ apart, in rows 18-36″ apart, in full sun after danger of frost. Soaking bean seeds in water 1-2 hours before planting speeds germination. Light Red Kidney Bean germination occurs in 4-16 days in soil 60-85°F. Provide support for heirloom pole bean varieties. For heirloom snap beans, harvest when beans are 3-6″ long. For Light Red Kidney dry beans, leave pods on plants until pods are dry, brown, and crisp, and beans are hard and rattle in pod, if more drying is needed when danger of frost has arrived, pick pods or pull entire plant and hang upside down to dry further.