One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various types of cultivated bean grown as a garden crop; specifically (a) (more fully "†great garden bean") the broad bean, Vicia faba (now rare); (b) the French bean, Phaseolus vulgaris.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tusser (c1524–1580), writer on agriculture and poet. From garden + bean.
garden bean/ˌɡɑːdn ˈbiːn/
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