French beans for longstanding relationships!

Tyrion Lann

Senior Member
INDIA -Hindi
Hello folks.

There’s nothing like home-grown vegetables for bringing two people together.
Red roses for young lovers. French beans for longstanding relationships!

Source:- Ruskin Bond's Book of Nature.

I don't get the meaning of "French beans for longstanding relationships" in the above sentence.
Please explain it.
Thanks.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    for = are appropriate for.

    Do you understand the phrase "longstanding relationships"?
     

    Tyrion Lann

    Senior Member
    INDIA -Hindi
    Well, I know what the French beans is. The point is why did the writer use French Beans? what if I say "and Mangoes are for long-standing relationship". Does it make sense, I seriously doubt it.
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    He is using French beans as an example of a vegetable one can grow at home. A man giving a woman red roses is appropriate for young lovers, but if one is (or hopes to be) in a long-term relationship, giving her vegetables he grew himself will make more of an impression. It doesn't have to be French beans. It can be zucchini, peas, carrots, or almost anything else.

    (Maybe Bond thinks vegetables are more serious than flowers. I didn't read the book. I don't know.)
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The point is why did the writer use French Beans?
    This is not a language question - there are no connotations to "French beans" that I can think of. I suggest that you look at the part of the book in which the writer discusses French beans and see if there are any clues.
     
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