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Tongue of Fire Beans. And a Tongue of Fire for the People Who Decided How to Name Beans.

(post, Cristin Couzens)

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I have a bone to pick with the Bean People. 

Dear Bean People:

I am writing to express my extreme frustration with the naming of beans.  Was it really a good idea to call something a bean, and then when it grows to maturity, also call the seeds that grow inside the bean, beans?  Why reserve “pod” only for peas when “pod” seems to apply so well here.  And who came up with calling what should be called a pod, a shell?  Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines shell as “the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous.”  So perhaps you can see why someone like me might think that removing the skin from the beans inside the bean is what it means to shell a bean, instead of just simply removing the pod.  In my opinion, a pod is most definitely not a “shell”.  If you would like more people to eat beans, I think it is time to reconsider the naming of beans.


The Veggie Ignoramus

If only I knew who the bean people were. 

So, this week, I bought Tongue of Fire Beans from Groundwork Organics at the Portland Downtown Farmers’ Market.  I’d seen them a few times before throughout the summer.  Creative Growers had what appeared to be the same beans at the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market back in August, but labelled them French Horticulture Beans, I mean pods, I mean seeds…..I don’t know, I’m so confused. 

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