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Bean, Eureka

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This bean beat all others in our taste tests!

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Our favorite in Fordhook Farm's test gardens, these full, straight, 5-6" bright yellow beans are exceptionally tasty and appear in abundance atop tidy 12-15" plants. You'll love them.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

5-6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
5-6 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Eureka is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tasting beans by far! My wife and I have tried several different kinds of bush type green and yellow beans over the past few years for canning in our small garden. Some are better than others, but we have found the Eureka beans to have by far the best flavor. They are usually a bit more slender than most other beans we have tried and seem to have less of that strong "beany" taste...rather, they have a very buttery flavor. The yellow color also makes them easier to see on the plants at harvest time. This season we will be planting them exclusively.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from good taste if it grows poor germination This bean will not germinate in my garden. A couple plants in a row will come up but only about 10%. I have tried different locations and after three years giving up on this one. One row over the contender bears grow great and have to be thinned and for four years straight have been great producers but the Eureka's just won't start the 10% that do grow are fine.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wax Beans - Eureka This product did not do well in AZ, nothing came up.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Productive and Tasty!! I love these yellow beans! I gave them a 4-star rating only because I noticed that they seem to require a much warmer soil to germinate in than some other varities- so be sure you're waiting until a few weeks after LFD to plant. I always plant a few short rows of early bush beans, putting them in the ground a few days before average LFD in our area, and this year all of them germinated and grew except for these. However, the later main crop germinated very well, grew quickly, survived a drought, and are still producing (probably the 4th or 5th large picking off of these!).
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great producer I got lots of yellow beans last year and these were easy to pick since they grow in clusters. Tasty bean!
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Easy I love those beans. Got a burpee seed packet from a local store. I put 10 seeds in the garden, 8 sprouted out. So far have picked at leaast 1 lb and the season just started. Very tidy and healthy looking plants. Will definitely plant again next year.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eureka Beans are abundant This is the second year that I have planted Eureka Yellow Bush Beans. Both years they have produced a tremendous quantity of delicious beans. You can pick them by the handful. They are beautiful in the glass mason jars. I will always plant this variety of bean. I don't know how any other variety could be better!
Date published: 2008-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Crops of Beautiful Beans The "Eureka" beans are truly amazing! I planted these at a similar time to the "Greencrop" beans. They were a week slower to harvest, but since then wow! These guys keep putting on the beans! These two varieties have been truly awesome! The overall height of the plant is a bit smaller than other beans plants and tend to be a bit top-heavy, however, this hasn't diminished the gigantic yield at all. As long as I pick, they keep producing. I have about 25' of these and have picked approx. 10 pounds. Definately more next year! The beans seem to hold well once they reach their perfect picking length. The plants also seem to be rather resistant to disease. Bring these back next year Burpee!
Date published: 2008-07-27
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