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Pea beans are several types of common food plants producing beans:
- Pea bean may refer to a variety of edible common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) that has been recorded in Britain since the 16th century. The seeds are unusual in being strongly bicoloured (red-brown and white). The plants are a typical climbing bean. The beans are either eaten in the pod like French beans or they may be harvested when mature and eaten as other dried beans. Many seed catalogues list it as Phaseolus aegypticus - a name unrecorded in the botanical literature. There have been other assertions that it is a form of lablab but horticultural consensus places it simply as a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris, closely related to French beans and haricot beans. The term may be used for navy beans.
- In the US, pea bean is also used to describe small white common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).
- The same name is used for Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis, also called yard-long bean and cowpea.
- Gerard's Herbal 1597 -p.1040 -"The party coloured kidney bean of Egypt Phaseolus Aegypticus
- Know your vegetables - Pea bean
- Vaughan, J. G.; C. A. Geissler (1997). The New Oxford Book of Food Plants. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-854825-7.
- "Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 27 June 2015.
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