This bean comes with a very local story! Our dear friend over at Rio Del Ray Beans gave us a highly prolific bean called “Viva” in hopes of us utilizing its great qualities to produce a bean that does really well in our region. The Viva bean had been a breeding project of bean breeders at the University of California Davis campus. We were delighted that he would share such a stunning bean with us! After taking it home to our certified organic farm and producing seeds we were in for a HUGE surprise! The all-black seeds that he gave us yielded a kaleidoscope of flavors, colors, and textures. Instead of being disappointed at the pollination mishaps we fell in love with the bean and did further field tests. After trialing them over and over we got feedback from our growers and gardeners and they all said the same thing! We LOVE IT! So, here it is for you to enjoy too! We love to cook it with herbs from the garden to make tasty bean soup.