A small green bean that is eaten in its long green pod. The green bean used to have a fibrous “string” down the center of the pod; this characteristic has been bred out of the species. Also called “string bean.”
A green bean — surprise! — with a long slender edible pod with beans inside. The wax bean is a green bean that is yellow — go figure.
plural: green beans
Season: May – October
How to select: Available year round, with a summer to fall peak. Look for firm, bright beans.
How to store: Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in plastic.
How to prepare: boil, puree, steam
Matches well with: almonds, bacon, basil, bechamel sauce, butter, cream, dill, garlic, lemon, mint, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, nuts, olive oil, onions, oregano, Parmesan cheese, parsley, rosemary, tomatoes, vinegar, walnuts, Worcestershire sauce