I love growing heritage seeds, especially those which have a great history behind them and Cherokee Trail of Tears sure has a history behind it, although not one that you could call “great”.
In the 1830’s, the US government forcibly marched over 40,000 Native Americans from their traditional homelands in the south-west of the United States to make way for white settlers. Thousands of Native Americans died on the way and the march is now translated as the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee Trail of Tears beans were donated by Dr. John Wyche, of Cherokee decent in 1977. These beans are reputed to be one of the things the Cherokee were able to carry with them.