This elegant pre-1834 bush bean originated in Brazil but was taken to France
where it underwent breeding improvements. It was then introduced by the French into
Syria during the late 1800s and became one of the standard bush beans of the French
colonial period. It now has many aliases in various countries of Europe. The 24 inch
bushes produce an abundance of wine-red seeds with purple-black marbling. Used
mainly as a snap bean, it should be planted in 2 week successions during the early
summer for a continuous supply of succulent pods.