History: ~ In Europe, where it has been cultivated from a very early date, it was the only vegetable known by the name of bean until the 16th century. Since then, a number of other vegetables, mostly from South America and also from the East, are known as beans. The Spaniards and the Portuguese originally brought Beans to Europe from Central America in the 16th century. From archeological research, beans have been found to be used as early as 4000-5000 B.C.
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