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sea beans

October 8, 2012

sea beans are pods dropped from vines or trees that find themselves traveling across the ocean until they reach a distant seashore.  The sea beans we find in our part of the world originate from plants in South or Central America or Africa.

They’re cute little rascals, aren’t they?  This one is about the diameter of a nickel.  Cristy found one along the seashore in Texas a number of years ago but didn’t know what it was at the time.  Since then she’s found a few more and we have a tiny collection at home.

These larger pods are about the diameter of a golf ball.  When Cristy took a walk along the beach at Double Bay one morning, she came back with a few of these larger sea beans in her pocket.  We were amazed!


We didn’t realize that sea beans are plentiful along the Atlantic coast in the Bahamas during this time of year.  Turns out, it’s the season.

As a result, our collection has grown exponentially.

So if you happen to find one of these beans when you are at the seashore, don’t walk by — it’s traveled thousands of miles to reach you.

Thanks so much for dropping in 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 6:58 pm

    “They’re cute little rascals, aren’t they?”

    OMG…they’re cuter than cute!!!!!! They look like they’re SMILING!

    I just wanna HUG them!

    I’ve never seen those before, so you taught me something!

    Lovely collection you gathered!

    Beautiful photos, Diane!

    Hope you and Cristybella are still having a glorious time!

    Much X to you both!

  2. October 8, 2012 7:14 pm

    I have collected these beans for years in the Bahamas. There is another bean which
    is called the Mary bean, it is like the larger bean which we call the Sea Heart, and it has
    a cross indented on it. I have never found one of them. If you sand these beans with fine
    sand paper they will get very glossy and beautiful. They are also hollow inside. I use them in
    some of my jewelry I make. ENJOY THEM!!!!
    Mary Lou
    Sea Bits Jewelry

    • October 9, 2012 8:22 pm

      hi Mary Lou and thank you for the information about sea beans! We have one of the Mary (cross) beans, found on a Texas beach. We’ll try polishing them as you suggested – we love them too!

  3. October 9, 2012 12:54 am

    Estas joyas de la naturaleza son auténticas obras de arte!

  4. October 9, 2012 5:23 pm

    Okay…….they’re wayyyyyy cool! That’s the sorta stuff I’d be toting back home and finding a place for. Along with rocks. And shells.
    And STUFF. LOL

    Small wonder we’re quickly running out of room around this joint, huh? LOL

    • October 9, 2012 8:26 pm

      oh my goodness Mel, we’re stressing out already about how to carry all the ocean goodies back home intact. Cristy found a few lovely pieces of green sea glass and today we found lots of wing oyster shells – mostly yellow. They are so delicate and pretty. It’s been such a great week 🙂

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