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Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Alternative Names: French bean, Garden bean.

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Phaseolus vulgaris
Phaseolus vulgaris


  • Annual
  • The runner bean originated from Central and South America.
  • It is a legume consumed worldwide for its edible dry seed or unripe fruit.
  • Witsa runner bean is a warm season, non-stringless talll-growing climber that can grow up to 1m and needs to be supported.
  • Needs full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Seeds can be sown directly in the garden.

Culinary Uses

  • Runner beans can be cooked as an accompaniment to meat and other dishes.
  • In can be served cold in salads or stirfried with other vegetables.
  • Runner beans freeze well - and should be used within 12 months.

Parts Used

  • The pods.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Runner beans are an important source of proteins, minerals (iron and zinc) and vitamins.
  • One cup of beans per day is said to lower cholesterol by about 12%.
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