Bean Seeds - Painted Pinto
- Seed Count: 25 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 90-120 days from planting
- Plant Type: Bush bean
- Plant Height: 18-24 inches
- Ideal for: Fresh eating, drying, and canning
- Sun Requirement: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Resistant to: Common bean diseases
History The Pinto Shell Bean, a staple in many cuisines, particularly Mexican and Southwestern American, has a rich history. Originating in Central and South America, it was cultivated by indigenous peoples long before European contact. The pinto bean's name, Spanish for "painted," describes its mottled skin, which turns a uniform brown when cooked. Over time, it has become one of the most popular beans in the United States, valued for both its culinary versatility and nutritional content.
Uses Pinto beans are renowned for their earthy flavor and creamy texture, making them a versatile ingredient in numerous dishes. They are commonly used in refried beans, chili, soups, and as a filling for burritos and tacos. Beyond their culinary uses, pinto beans are nutritious, packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making them a healthy addition to any diet.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions Pinto beans grow as bush-type plants, making them suitable for a variety of garden sizes. To plant, sow the seeds 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart in rows spaced 18-24 inches apart. They thrive in full sun and prefer well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Water regularly, especially during flowering and pod formation, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Harvest the beans when the pods are fully mature and have dried on the plant for use as dried beans, or pick them earlier for fresh eating.