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Black Bean from the Caribbean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Black Bean from the Caribbean (Phaseolus vulgaris): native to a famous unnamed island starting with C, a few miles away from here; this is a delicious, traditional black bean, protagonist of many recipes based on “Salsa”. The plant has climbing habit and is very productive, but most importantly, it is resistant to phytopatologies and not very demanding in regards of soil. That is because of two main reasons: the first is the difficult soil and climate of the Caribbean, where it was selected, which is also more permeated by pathogens and harmful insects than in more temperate weathers.
The second one, a more human component, due to their unique situation, farmers often selected the varieties paying particular attention to the ones that were stronger, did not need phytosanitary intervention, were more productive, and had a naturally better taste; it is intense, and full.
Their place of origin was censored because, shockingly, Paypal blocked our account arguing it violates the rules of the States to sell products from their birthplace, even if grown in Italy, apparently.