jack bean

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun
    (written as Jack bean)
    a tropical legume (Canavalia ensiformis) grown as a fodder crop

Food

  • A perennial legume, Canavalia ensiformis, from tropical America, also grown in the southern USA. It has edible white beans which require boiling to destroy toxins and the immature pods can be eaten as a vegetable.
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