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Black Beans and Their Dye

  • The Beanplants turned into trees!
  • We eat them fresh.
  • We dry them. The soaking water makes
  • these beautiful purples.

Project Description

Our Black Beans come from local Indigenous Montezuma Lake Hopi Beans. We have grown their seeds and their offspring from our own harvests for about ten years. They have adapted to our own yard’s environment, so they are happy and grow up into the neighboring Arizona Cypresses.

After soaking the beans for cooking overnight, I save the water, which has turned black. This water I use to dye cotton. It is not very light-fast – but, so is life!