This update on the Suess Becker bean is partly for my extended family to view. I have kept this bean alive by growing it every few years. Occasionally, I have sent samples to family and to interested growers.
Since it hails from 1888 in Germany and before that by many years. The text tells a story that I wanted public for a variety of reasons. If anyone wants a very small sample, I will send postpaid an evelope of seed for $5.00. Just email me at email@example.com
Our family used it as a string bean...yes...we had to pull the strings before preparing for green beans. However, we also used it as a dry bean. It is early, grows quite compact and is prettiest when the bean seed ages....as it is pictured here as a tan/brown bean but when it is freshly shelled out as a dry bean it has a greenish cast.
I hope to grow more of them out this year. The late Dan McMurray (Grunt) grew it for a few years in Canada, and I have a friend (Emma) who is growing it in Wales.