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

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