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Green Bean

Green Bean

Green beans, string beans, and snap beans are all names for the same thing - those stringy bright green, crispy vegetables.

Haricots Vert is a type of green bean, and the name means “green bean” in French. These are a longer, thinner, and more tender than American green beans. Don’t confuse them for the haricot bean, which is sold as a dried seed.

Seasonality

Jul-Oct

Selection & Storage

Select green beans that are smooth, firm, and free of bruises and dark spots. The green beans should be a vibrant green color and should readily snap when bent.

Store your green beans in a plastic bag in the refrigerator to keep fresh for about a week.

You can also freeze your green beans, they’ll keep their nutrients for 3-6 months after freezing.

Cooking Tips

Before cooking, be sure to wash your green beans under running water! Then cut the ends off with a knife, or make it fun and snap them off.

Popular methods of preparing green beans include steaming, boiling, stir-frying or baking them in casseroles.

The healthiest way to cook green beans is by steaming them for a few minutes!

One of the most popular green bean dishes in the US for Thanksgiving is green bean casserole. It is made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup and topped with fried onions.

Health Benefits

Green beans are a valuable source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and fiber.

Green beans are full of vitamin B1 and B2, vitamin E,vitamin C, carotenoids, iron, calcium, potassium, and protein.

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