At IIHR, Bangalore 302 viable germplasm, belonging to Phaseolus vulgaris were collected characterized and evaluated
French beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
which is also called as Snap beans, Kidney beans,
Garden beans, Bush beans is one of the most widely
grown vegetables in
The green immature pods are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Immature pods are marketed fresh, frozen or canned. Due to ample production and ease of mechanized harvesting, bush-type beans are often grown on the commercial farms.
In India, french bean is mainly grown in Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Hills, Nilgiri (Tamil Nadu) & Palni (Kerala) hills, Chickmagalur (Karnataka) & Darjeeling hills (West Bengal).
French bean is an important leguminous crops which has higher nutritional index of protein in fresh pods (1.7%) as well as in dried seeds (21.1%) that serve as a cheap source of higher protein. It is also an important pulse crop.