For many thousands of years, Native Americans have cultivated these quick-maturing, drought and heat-tolerant plants. In fact, it is believed that the word "tepary" itself is derived from the Tohono O'odham phrase "t'pawi", or "It's a bean". This particular seed originates from the Mayo, or Yoreme, people in the western Sierra Madre along the Sonora-Sinaloa border. This plant will produce medium-size white beans. Pods should be harvested as they dry; if left too long on the plant they will pop open and disperse their seeds. Alternatively, you can harvest the whole plant when pods are turning brown, allow them to dry on a sheet, then thresh and winnow seeds. This plant is a self-pollinating annual.
Each package contains approximately 50 seeds/7 g.
When the summer rains come, plant seeds ½" deep and 4" apart. If rains are not adequate and plants become stressed, you may irrigate. But do so carefully, as they do not tolerate overwatering. Do not plant near other types of beans as teparies may carry Bean Mosaic Virus.