10+ mixed color seeds of Job's Tears (aka: Bead Seeds, Mary's Tears, Tear Drops, Juno's Tears) Coix lacryma-jobi. If you need to get matched seeds for a craft project, email me before purchase with the quantity, color and size you are looking for and I will see if I have that available. Matched seeds are $2.00 additional per pack of 24+ seeds.
This plant is usually grown for it's pearl or stone looking seeds which are naturally shiny. They have been used for centuries as beads for jewelry ('Good Luck" necklaces) and rosaries. The seeds, when ripe, can be any color from pearly gray to pure black and range in width at the widest point from 5 to 8mm their length ranges from about 6mm to 1cm. The mature seeds grow with a pre-made soft spot through the center making them easy to string and the lighter colored ones can be stained with common wood stains.
The plant itself is often grown as an ornamental grass that somewhat resembles corn. It grows to 10" tall in tropical zones, but will stay smaller if grown as an annual or container plant in cooler zones. It does require a long growing period of 4-5 months to produce more seeds and the seeds need warmth for good germination. These are cold hardy to zone 9a grow as a container plant or annual in colder zones.
In the Orient, the seeds are eaten as a cereal called Adlay. When cooked, the seeds have a pleasant mild flavor & it can be used in soups and broths. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread or used in any of the ways that rice is used. The pounded flour is sometimes mixed with water like barley for barley water. It is also husked and eaten out of hand like a peanut. The seed contains about 52% starch, 18% protein, 7% fat. A tea can be made from the parched seeds, whilst beers and wines are made from the fermented grain. A coffee is made from the roasted seed.
This plant will do well in wet areas but can also be grown in average conditions and can grow both in sun and shade.