cranberry bean


Definition of cranberry bean

: a medium-sized kidney bean that is whitish with red mottling and typically turns light brown when cooked cranberry beans which are the same size as pinto beans but colored as their name suggests and superior in flavor …— Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, April 1992

called also borlotti

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First Known Use of cranberry bean

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Cranberry bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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