broad bean

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a common bean (Vicia faba) which has large flattish pale green seeds and is grown throughout the world.

Food

  • The seed of a legume, Vicia faba, eaten as the whole pod when very young (up to 8 cm) or as green unripe oval-shaped beans from more mature pods (up to 30 cm). Usually boiled but uncooked beans are eaten as a snack food in the eastern Mediterranean. The dried bean, which is creamy in colour, is used as a pulse or canned. It was one of the first legumes to be harvested in Europe. It is a direct descendant of the field bean or horse bean which has been cultivated in Europe since the stone Age.

Travel

  • noun a large flat green seed cooked and eaten as a vegetable
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