Phaseolus vulgaris dry bean (Common names)

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Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris French bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris runner bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris wax bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris bush bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris climbing bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris kidney bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris pea bean

Common names: Phaseolus vulgaris pop bean


Names in common use


  • English: bean, dry bean, haricot bean; shell bean1
  • German: Gartenbohne; Fisole (Au)
  • Dutch: boon (pl. bonen), gewone boon
  • Swedish: böna
  • Danish: bønne
  • Norwegian: bønne
  • Icelandic:


  • French: haricot, haricot sec; mongette (Poitou-Charentes); haricot à écosser1
  • Italian: fagiolo; fagiolo da sgranare1
  • Spanish: frijol, judía; caraota, poroto
  • Catalan: mongetera, fesolera, bajoquera / mongeta, fesol
  • Portuguese: feijoeiro / feijão (pl. feijões)
  • Romanian: fasole


  • Russian: фасоль - fasolj
  • Polish: fasola
  • Czech: fazol
  • Slovak: fazul'a
  • Bulgarian: фасул, боб
  • Croatian: pasulj
  • Serb: пасуљ
  • Slovenian: fižol


  • Albanian: fasule (fasulja with the article), groshë
  • Greek: φασόλι, φασολιά, φασουλιά - fasoli, fasolia, fasoulia
  • Turkish: fasulye
  • Hungarian: veteménybab, paszuly, paszulybab
  • Finnish: torapapu

Sources and commentaries

In most languages, the name for 'bean' is used without any qualifier for dry beans. Very often, it is qualified with a type (see kidney bean, pea bean) or a colour (white, red, black, brown...), according to the local preferences. MC

(1) Shell beans are marketed in their shell, but only the fresh mature seed is eaten. Each country has its preferred cultivar, namely 'Cranberry' in the USA, 'Borlotto' in Italy and 'Coco de Paimpol' in France. MC