A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 14, 2017
“What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?"/"Jelly beans.”

A bean riddle is:

Q: What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?
A: Jelly beans.


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1958 and has been popular at Easter.


4 June 1958, San Diego (CA) Union, “The Riddle Box” by A. Leokum, pg. A7, col. 2:
What kind of beans won’t grow in a garden?
Jelly beans.

3 March 1970, San Diego (CA) Union, “The Riddle Box,” pg. B-5, col. 5:
What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?
Jellybeans.

Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 126:
What kind of beans won’t grow in a garden?
Jelly beans.

11 April 1995, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Yak! Yuks,” Yak! sec., pg. 2, col. 2:
What kind of beans never grow in a garden?
Jelly beans.
From Allison May, 8, Wyandotte.

24 April 2002, New Hamburg (ON) Independent, “News from Holy Family,” pg. 13:
Our school is going to be having fun Fridays. Last Friday it was backwards day and this Friday will be twin day. The answer to last week’s joke: What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden is: jelly beans.

Google Books
A Katie Kazoo Christmas
By Nancy E. Krulik
New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap
2005
Pg. 183:
“What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?” he asked everyone.

“What kind?” Andrew asked.

“Jelly beans!” he shouted out as he held up his present for everyone to see.

Google Books
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2010
Pg. 28:
Q: What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?
A: Jellybeans.

Twitter
arttio‏
@arttio
Q. What kind of beans never grow in a garden?
A.  Jelly beans!
Happy Easter to all of you.
3:47 PM - 31 Mar 2010

Twitter
Bonnie Hurlburt‏
@schnauzer09
Replying to @whitneyEVEport
@whitneyEVEport per 4 year old grandson:what kind of beans DON’T grow in a garden?  JELLY BEANS!!!!!!
12:22 AM - 7 Mar 2011

Twitter
BibleJournalMama‏
@BibleJournalMa
Q. What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?
A. Jelly beans!
5:05 PM - 18 Jan 2013

Twitter
Ms. B.‏
@MsBsBonnet
Q. What kind of beans don’t grow in a garden?
A. Jelly beans!
5:05 PM - 18 Jan 2013

My Town Tutors
Easter Jokes: Great Jokes to Share on Easter
Posted on April 17, 2014
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2. What kinds of beans never grow in a garden?… Jelly Beans

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