runner bean


General English


  • noun a garden bean (Phaseolus coccineus) grown exclusively for the fresh trade


  • The pods and beans from a climbing legume, Phaseolus coccineus, which was introduced into Europe from South America as a flowering plant in the 18th century. The long narrow green pods are generally cooked and eaten whole when young since the pods tend to become stringy with age. The unripe beans may also be used at a later stage and the ripe beans may be dried.