Green beans are the immature pods of dried beans. They are meant to be grown and eaten unripe. They grow quickly….Ready to harvest in 50-60 days after planting. Green beans are also known as string beans or snap beans. There are yellow, purple and green varieties.
Green beans are low in calories and low in fat, high in fiber, vitamins C and A, folate and potassium.
They can be used in so many ways! Steamed, sauteed, stir fried, baked or grilled. Try them in soups, stews in a casserole or alone as a side dish. They are great in salads, fried rice, or included in a vegetable medley. Green beans are tasty when pickled as dilly beans!
Choose firm and crisp beans so they snap when bent. They are best when smooth and free of discoloration and damage. Store in a bag unwashed in the refrigerator up to one week and wash right before use.