The beans can be eaten fresh as a shell bean or used later as a dry bean.
Grown for centuries, originally from the mountains of Central America. The plant is actually a perennial vine with tuberous roots, but it is normally grown as an annual in the North. Beans are a favorite of humming birds. Young pods can be eaten like a snap bean, the beans can be eaten fresh as a shell bean or used later as a dry bean. The flowers are also edible and can be used as an edible garnish.