[Sca-cooks] peas vs. beans
ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Wed Oct 12 22:36:49 PDT 2011
><<< I checked the index of Apicus for "bean" and "torta" and don't see
>anything like this. The notes say that one word now associated
>with beans, actually meant peas then. >>>
>So what determines whether something is considered a bean and when
>it is considered a pea? Now and in period?
I found a couple of modern answers
>Beans are of the genus Phaseolus.
>Peas are of the genus Pisum.
>peas have tendrils and beans do not
>peas have a hollow stem and beans have a solid stem.
>In general peas have slick vines and beans have hairy vines that enable
>them to cling.
>Bean is used for a lot of different
>things and usually tagged by shape.
In period, it will depend on the language too. Or are you only
asking about English?
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