Midnight Black Turtle Dry Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) This old heirloom dates back to the mid 1800’s. This is a “semi-runner,” which means the plant will require some support. A very productive plant bearing over 30 pods per plant. These popular beans of Latin America turn from black to dark brown when cooked. This hardy bean has good disease and drought resistance. For those with allergies, this is your best choice of bean as it is less likely to cause difficulties.