Pea bean

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Pea beans are several types of common food plants:

  • a variety of edible common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) that has been recorded in Britain since the 16th century.[1] 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.[2] Many seed catalogues list it as Phaseolus aegypticus[2] - 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 variety of Phaseolus vulgaris,[3] closely related to French beans and haricot beans.
  • In the USA the name "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.[4]

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