shaggya said:Thanks so much for answering my question and answering so quickly. That's my instinct, too. But as a long-time grower of heirloom beans, I have grown pinto bush, pole, and half-runner. There are a couple of varieties of bush black beans. I think that Rancho Gordo was talking about the way they taste. The black turtle soup beans are generally tepary beans. I only have 6 beans, so I am trying every way I know how to figure out what to do so that I don't kill my beans.