Why California

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Why California? California is known for its remarkable agriculture and sunny weather. It’s no wonder why beans grown in California are of the best quality!  The rich soil, exceptional water delivery system and long sunny days provide the perfect growing grounds for beans.

The California Dry Bean Advisory Board supports Dr. Paul Gepts and the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, particularly the Crop and Ecosystem Sciences department. UC Davis is a leader in science of plant improvement, with program in genetics, genomics, plant breeding and biodiversity.

CALIFORNIA BEAN INNOVATION TIMELINE

1905
LIMA AND BLACKEYE 
Lima and blackeye beans were introduced in the North San Diego County area (known as the Olivenhain area).

1938
RED KIDNEY 
The first Red Kidney released from the UC Davis Breeding Program.

1941
BLACKEYE 
First Blackeye (California Blackeye 5 variety) released from UC Davis Breeding program.

1955
PINK BEAN
First Pink bean (Sutter variety) released from UC Davis Breeding program.

1966
BABY LIMA
The first Baby Lima variety released (Mexcla variety) from the UC Davis, Breeding Program.

1969
LIMA
The first Lima Bean variety released (White Ventura N variety) from the UC Davis, Breeding Program.

1979
Garbanzo
The first Garbanzo Bean variety released. (UC5 variety)

2001
Yellow
First Yellow bean variety released (Canario 707 variety)

2012
Cranberry
First Cranberry bean variety released (UC 0801 variety)

Seasonal Timeline

Bean Type Location grown Planting Harvest
Baby Lima Central San Joaquin Valley/Sacramento Valley April-June September-October
Large Lima Coastal Areas; Central San Joaquin Valley April- June September-October
Blackeyes Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley; Sacramento Valley April- June September-October
Garbanzo Coastal Foothills; Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley Valley; Sacramento Valley December-January June/July
Dark & Light Kidney Sacramento Valley; San Joaquin Valley; April-June September- October
Black Sacramento Valley; parts of the Central San Joaquin Valley April-June September-October
Pink Sacramento Valley; parts of the Central San Joaquin Valley April-June September-October
Pinto Sacramento Valley; parts of the Central San Joaquin Valley April-June September-October
Cranberry Sacramento Valley; parts of the Central San Joaquin Valley April-June September-October