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Fruits of plants native to Central and South America, the seeds are oval or kidney-shaped; before they are fully ripe, the pods are often edible.
beans [1] black gram Lima bean roman bean scarlet runner bean mung bean pinto bean wax bean green bean

black gram click to hear

A favorite in Asia, where it is used to make a popular black sauce; in India, it is mixed with rice to make pancakes and a spicy purée.

Lima bean click to hear

Has a mild flavor and a starchy texture and is generally green- or cream-colored; when puréed, it can replace the potato.

roman bean click to hear

A staple of Italian cooking, it resembles the pinto bean, although often larger and darker; it absorbs the flavor of the foods it is cooked with.

scarlet runner bean click to hear

The seeds are eaten fresh or dried, in which case they are prepared like the red kidney bean; a favorite accompaniment to onions, tomatoes and tuna.

mung bean click to hear

In Asia they are either puréed or ground into flour; in the West they are more commonly eaten sprouted, especially in chop suey.

pinto bean click to hear

When cooked, their spots disappear and they turn pink; because of their creamy texture, they are mostly used to make purées.

wax bean click to hear

Somewhat juicier than the green bean, it is sometimes eaten raw but mostly cooked, as a vegetable side dish.

green bean click to hear

The young green pod is usually served as a vegetable side dish, sometimes with sauce or butter.