The history of the green bean peperomia dates back to ancient China. The plant was first used as a medicinal herb. It is said that the green bean peperomia was one of the ingredients in an elixir that helped Emperor Qin Shi Huang die peacefully in 210 BC. The plant has since been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, including cancer. The green bean peperomia was eventually introduced to Europe and North America in the late 1800s. It was first grown in France and Switzerland, and was later exported to North America. The popularity of the plant grew rapidly, and by 1930, there were over 1,000 acres devoted to growing green bean peperomias. Today, the plant is grown all over the world, and is considered an important part of Chinese and European cultures.