Soldier Beans

Soldier Beans

History of Soldier Beans

Soldier bean (phaseolus vulgaris) is an heirloom plant that has been cultivated in New England since before 1800. The name comes from a distinctive red mark on each 3/4-inch bean that resembles an old-fashioned toy soldier. These are also known as red-eye beans.

Soldier beans are a bush bean, with a firm texture and mild taste. They are dried before being cooked. Soldier bean plants are grown commercially only in New England and they tend to be produced in accordance with the demand for them.

Soldier Bean Cooking Suggestions

Soldier beans can be cooked in the same way you’d prepare most other dried beans. Rinse the beans, soak them overnight and then change the water before boiling them until they are soft. Once they are cooked, you can add onions, spices and meat, or bake them into casseroles with vegetables and cheese. They can also be used in any recipe that calls for white beans.

Other Soldier Bean Information

Soldier beans are in high demand these days and there are several factors contributing to this demand.  Green Thumb Farms is one of the largest suppliers of Soldier beans in the world last year Mother Nature did not do her part to create ideal growing conditions in this valley.  The lack of supply drives demand in an uncontrollable nature.  This year Mother Nature showed us that ideal growing conditions do exist and our only hurdle has been harvesting and cleaning our Soldier beans fast enough to get them packaged up and in the hands of demanding, Soldier bean deprived customers. 

Soldier Bean Status Update

The Soldier beans have been harvested and are being processed through our cleaning, sorting and packaging equipment.  Bean cleaning is a slow process that we are working to speed up with new equipment.  Keep checking our online store for updated information about when Soldier beans will be available for purchase.  We thank you for your patience!


  1. yes, please let me know…when soldier bean orders are available

  2. Hello Tom,
    This blog post is from last Fall. Our Soldier Beans are packaged and ready to ship at any time. Please visit us if you are local or our website if you need them shipped.

  3. What is the shelf life?

  4. Do you sell them in bulk? And if so or not quantity and cost?

  5. Hi Shannon,
    We sell them in 2lb. bags, 24lb. cases, 50lb. bags, and bulk bags that are typically around 2000lbs. each. The price would depend upon your quantity and whether you would be picking them up or having them delivered. I have passed your email along to our Bean Salesman, Tony so he can follow up with you. Thanks!

  6. Dry beans have about a 5 year shelf life minimum, but I have know people to have them much longer that claim they are still good. You may find that you have to soak them just a little longer as they get older, but otherwise they should cook the same.

  7. What do they taste like? Are they similar to Northern beans?

  8. Hi Cathi,
    Yes the soldier beans are similar to a northern bean or a navy bean. You can use either the soldier beans or yellow eye beans as a substitute if a recipe calls for northern beans or navy beans. The soldiers are slightly larger in size than the yellow eyes. Hope that helps!

  9. Thank you for doing this good work. I love supporting small farms and a vegetarian lifestyle. I currently live in Vermont, but was born in Norway, Maine!

  10. Thank you Lydia, we appreciate your support!!

  11. Is there another name for solder beans

  12. Hi I live in Zambia is there anywhere here I can buy your seed? Thanks

  13. Unfortunately, we do not ship to Zambia. Thank you for your inquiry!

  14. The only other name that I’m aware of is red-eye beans. Thank you for your inquiry!

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