n Farmer’s Weekly - Green beans : history and varieties - vegetable production

Volume 2019 Number 19036
  • ISSN : 0041-848X


Green beans originated in what is now Central America and Mexico and have been grown in the latter for at least 7 000 years. In time, farmers began differentiating between varieties more suitable to be eaten green, as a whole pod, and those better enjoyed as dry beans, such as haricots, which are used today for baked beans and sugar beans. Green beans and the various dry beans are all members of the same species, Phaseolus vulgaris, and can be crossed with each other.

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