This versatile and productive bush bean with indigenous roots was first cultivated by Algonquian peoples before finding its way into European gardens and those of the Pennsylvania Dutch community. This variety that was stewarded by the Fisher family is the same bean described by von Martens in 1869 as Eierbohn (Einbohn), or All-in-One Bean. Used as a shelly when very young, Fisher is traditionally grown as a dry bean and served prepared in hearty winter dishes such as Mrs. Higgins' classic cassoulet whose recipe appeared in the 1887 The Home Cook Book:
The bean has rounded light buff colored seed with a prominent purplish eye ring.
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