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'Jackson Wonder' Beans
 
Sub-Category: Bush
Lima
 
Description: Bush lima bean with 18-inch plants bearing curved pods that are gray at shell stage then dry to buff with purple and black mottling. 3 beans per pod. 18 inch plant is drought tolerant. Baby pods can be cooked like snow peas.
Days To Maturity: 103
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Overall: (4.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (1.7 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.0 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.3 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 05/28/2015 by loki - An experienced gardener

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Cache, Utah, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is a preliminary review - and info. This is a bean developed by a farmer named Jackson, probably from very similar cultivars (which are not common anymore). At the time some said they were indistinguishable from the others. This one was promoted intensively, and recently, have a strong following again. For me these came up in cool weather, quickly, and are doing great. Only limas ever to do this. From the other review, I don't think they know what they planted - or have other expectations, so it's not really a 'fair' review. No beans do well in wet weather when you are looking for dried beans! We shall see for me (I want green shellies - and want to try the young pods - which for limas is unheard of). Incidentally, the maturity date for these varies widely in the listings from 68 days to over 100. I assume these are for 'green' shelled beans compared to dried ones. But it's still really a huge discrepancy. Well, these sort of petered out, or I neglected them. The late cool period hit them too. So I'm not changing the rating, but I never harvested any.
 

Reviewed on 01/07/2008 by MATERGIRL - An intermediate gardener

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is a very pretty speckled small lima type bush bean. We didn't think the taste was great. We wanted to use them as dried beans, but by the time the pods had dried they were very moldy - probably at least partly due to wet, humid conditions. They were very prolific though. Not as easy to shell as large limas.
 

Reviewed on 05/14/2006 by farmerdill - An experienced gardener

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Richmond, Georgia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This must be the most reliable lima bean ever developed. The old folks use to joke that they would grow inthe middle of a hard road. That may be stretching it a bit, but they will grow anywhere a weed will grow. It is a very strong flavored lima, that is slate grey cooked as a green shell lima.
 




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