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Bob Reid’s Private Collection

Bob Reid was born in Scotland and moved to Australia in his 20’s.  He studied at James Cook University before becoming a Research Scientist at CSIRO, Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures.

 

As part of that position he spent 2 years as Germplasm Acquisition Officer in IBPGR Italy,  hopped back to Tasmanian for five years as Principle Pasture Scientist, then 5 years in the Falkland Islands as Director of Agriculture and back to Tasmanian as Company Director of Tasglobal Seeds.

Over this period of time he visited around 50 countries, and in a time when you could still bring back seed into Australia – he did. Lots of it.

 

I had the great privilege of spending a day with Bob documenting his bean and pea seed collection.  I drove up the drive knowing that he was retired, but the immediate impression with the row of polytunnels, glasshouses and rows and rows of polystyrene boxes of bulbing flowers – he has one of the largest collections of Fritillaria – and breeds them, was not of a retiree.

 

He has around 20 varieties of Teff, the plant from which we bred our modern day wheat, plus pasture grasses, rare chillies, tomatoes, corn and much more. And he grows them out. Keeping an amazing collection going.  He works on it constantly. He told me it wasn’t work, this was play.

He gave me an empty polystyrene box and pointed me in the direction of two filing cabinets in a shed. They were full of packets of beans. Every one of them was opened and a few beans tipped into my palm. Each time it was that sweet anticipation of seeing something  new, rare, with a lineage and a story who knew how many thousands of years old. From countries I will never visit, but were nestled in my palm, a dainty, edible jewel.

Bob Reid's Private Bean Collection

These are for your viewing pleasure and are not for sale.

Notes on the origin of the beans, and further information will be available at some stage, when Bob’s found the notes buried in a container and we’ve had time to get them online. PLUS, Bob tells me he’s found more bean varieties…

Many, but far from all of these varieties are available through Inspiration Gardens or Seed Freaks

1500 YEAR OLD CAVE BEAN
ACTOPHAN
AFRICAN PREMIER
ANASAZI
ANDERSONS WONDER
ANDERSONS WONDER
ANDREW KENT
ANDREW KENT
ANTO NEARLY ROUND (ADZUKI)
ANTO NEARLY ROUND (ADZUKI)
AUROCANOS
AVALANCHE
AVALANCHE
BARNEY
BARNEY
BEAUTIFUL
BEAUTIFUL
BELDKAMI
BIG BEND
BIG BEND
BLACK COCO
BLACK COCO
BLAUHILDE
BLAUHILDE
BLUE RIBBON
BRIDGESTOW BUTTER
BRIDGESTOW BUTTER
CALI
CALI
CANARIO
CANARIO
CARLOS FAVORIT
CASCADE GIANT
CASCADE GIANT
CATSKILL
CATSKILL
CENTRALIA
CENTRALIA
CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS
CIAT
CIAT
CLIPPER
CLIPPER
CRESO
CRESO
CROW RIVER
DEVILS FIN PRECOCE
DEVILS FIN PRECOCE
DOMINO BEAN
DOMINO BEAN
DRAGONS TONGUE
DRAGONS TONGUE
DROUGHT RESISTANT
EDMOND
EDMOND
ESTONIAN BLACK
ESTONIAN BLACK
EVA
EVA
EXTENDER
FIN DE BAGNELS
FIN DE BAGNELS
FLAGOLET
FLAGOLET
GLORIA
GLORIA
GUNLIK
HARICOT CREVETTE
HARICOT CREVETTE
IDAHO PINTO
IDAHO PINTO
JACK RABBIT
JACK RABBIT
JACOBS GASLESS
KAMIAKIN
KAMIAKIN
KELLY LAKE
KELLY LAKE
KILHAM GOOSE
KILHAM GOOSE
KORONIS PINTO
LA MONDE PIAMONTE
LA MONDE PIAMONTE
LAVENDER
LAVENDER
LE TARBAIS
LE TARBAIS
LEMON YELLOW
LIKA LAKE
LIKA LAKE
MAGICA
MAGICA
MAINE YELLOW EYE OR MOLASSES BEAN
MAINE YELLOW EYE OR MOLASSES BEAN
MANTEQUILLA
MARZANO
MARZANO
MECOSTA
MECOSTA
MIDNIGHT BLACK
MIDNIGHT BLACK
MINNIE
MOCROMERE AFRICANA
MOCROMERE AFRICANA
MONT D' OR (BETTER IMAGE COMING)
MONT D' OR (BETTER IMAGE COMING)
MONTCALM
MONTCALM
MONTEZUMA
NW MEXICO APPALOOSA
NW MEXICO APPALOOSA
OJO DE CABRA
OJO DE CABRA
ORINOCO
ORINOCO
PEA BEAN - OR FROST BEAN
PINDAK
PINDAK
PURPLE TEEPEE
PURPLE TEEPEE
RATTLESNAKE
RATTLESNAKE
RED SWAN
ROBERTS ROYALTY
ROBERTS ROYALTY
ROQUEFORT
ROQUEFORT
SANTA MARIA PINQUITOS
SANTA MARIA PINQUITOS
SEAWAY
SEQUOIA
SEQUOIA
SLENDER WAX
SLENDER WAX
SNOWCAP
SNOWCAP
SONESTA
SPAGNOLET
SPAGNOLET
SPECKLED BAYS
SPECKLED BAYS
SWAN ISLAND
SWAN ISLAND
TAYLORS DWARF
TOMTOLA
TOMTOLA
TONGUE OF FIRE
TONGUE OF FIRE
TRIUNFO PURPLE
TRIUNFO PURPLE
VERMONT CRANBERRY
WHISKEY
WHISKEY
WHITE APOLLO - RUNNER BEAN
WHITE APOLLO - RUNNER BEAN
WILLMAR PINTO
WILLMAR PINTO
WINDSOR LONG POD
YELLOW BUTTER
YELLOW BUTTER
YIN YANG
YIN YANG

Bob Reid’s Private Pea Collection

BIJOU
BINGO
BOOGIE
BOUNTY
CERESA - PETIT POIS
EXHIBITION
GOLDEN MANGETOUT
ITAPUNA
LORD LEICESTER
METEOR
OSKAR
POLAN
RUTHLESS
SHIRAZ
TENDRILLA - PETIT POIS
TWINKIE

Every $25 spend (not including postage) receives a MYSTERY SEED PACKET Dismiss