Green Beans Third Most Popular Vegetable in Home Gardens JULY 7, 2017

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Green Beans Third Most Popular

In home gardens, green beans are the third most commonly grown vegetable in the United States, outranked by tomatoes and peppers. They thrive in nearly all areas of the country and can produce an abundant crop in around 50 days. 

The green bean was domesticated in ancient times. It originates in Central and South America, but researchers cannot say exactly where. The green bean was introduced to the Mediterranean by Columbus when he returned from his second voyage to the New World in 1493. The bean spread into the eastern Mediterranean and was cultivated everywhere in Italy, Greece, and Turkey by the seventeenth century.

Fresh beans are classified into two categories: edible pod beans and shell beans. Green beans are the most popular edible pod bean in the United States, while the lima bean is the most common shell bean sold in the United States. Green beans are grown specifically to be eaten while still unripe and are called string beans, green beans, snap beans, or pole beans.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.