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Green Beans

by | Jul 3, 2014 | CSA Member Updates, What's in your share box

Green beans are one of the few beans that can be eaten fresh. Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles.
When picked young, green beans are a wonderful source of vitamin K, fiber and folate.  And what may come as a surprise to some people is that they also provide us with carotenoids as well. They also have a high antioxidant capacity.
To retain the most nutrients, steaming fresh green beans for just 5 minutes is recommended. This brings out their peak flavor while retaining their beautiful green color. Store unwashed fresh bean pods in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Frozen green beans will retain nutrients for 3-6 months. To freeze green beans, steam them for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and let cool before you place them in freezer bags.

Did you know?

  • There are more than 130 varieties of green bean that differ in taste and in the color and size of pods.
  • This is the third most popular garden plant (after tomato and peppers).
  • Each pod contains 4 to 6 beans. Most varieties of green bean have smooth, kidney shaped beans.
  • Green bean is rich source of proteins, carbohydrates and dietary fibers. It also contains vitamins of the B group, vitamins C and K and minerals such as magnesium, iron and manganese.
  • Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans, string beans, snap beans, and snaps.
  • The green bean plants originated from Peru, but can be found all around the world today. People have cultivated and eaten green beans for at least 7000 years.
  • Pahl Farms grow approximately 50 acres of Green Beans annually.
  • Green bean casserole is popular dish made of green beans, mushroom soup and onions. This dish is traditionally prepared for the Thanksgiving.

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