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beans, home gardens, planting, growth habit

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ExEx 6024


Beans have been grown and used as a food crop since ancient times (5.000 to 6.000 BC). Beans can be eaten at various stages of development. Green beans are a source of vitamins A, C, thiamin (B1), and riboflavin (B2) and in the minerals calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Dry beans are high in protein and are an important part of the diet where meat is only available in limited quantities. Snap beans commonly are grown in home gardens all over the country and are a popular vegetable for fresh, canned, or frozen use.