Shuck Beans II

$100.00
  • Shuck Beans II
  • Shuck Beans II

8x10" metallic paper C- print (wet color chemistry process). General information about the prints is also available at the About link.

These dried beans are known by a few names. In East Tennessee we called them "Shuck Beans." My North Carolina mountain friends always knew them as "Leather Britches" ( https://www.edibleasheville.com/leather-britches/ ). Think the green bean version of sun-dried tomatoes. Shuck beans were a winter holiday treat for us. Our grandparents would dry white half runner beans in their attic and come winter time, my grandmother would cook them up with very little liquid in a pressure cooker. They had an umami depth that is difficult to describe (and most certainly would never have been referred to as "umami depth" by my relatives at the time!). I miss them to this day. Here I was stringing and drying white half runner beans as a sentimental Christmas present for my brother and sister, but I was more successful in making photos of the drying beans than I was in producing enough for them to cook.