Petaluma Gold Rush (Pole Bean)-Originally brought to the United States from Peru in 1840 by a member of the Azevedo family, who farmed in Petaluma for many generations. The plants are vigorous, producing vines that grow up to 10' tall. When mature the pods develop striking scarlet stripes and the beans bear a resemblance to Cranberry beans. The 4-1/2" pods usually contain six beans. The dry beans retain their firm texture and meaty, rich flavor in soups, dips, stews and another other preparation that calls for dry beans.