All About

Green Beans
All About Green Beans
Common vArietieS
Th ere are so many different kinds of green beans to choose from. Beans are either grown on bushes or poles
and come in all shapes and colors (including yellow, striped and purple) but the taste and texture stays the
same. Some common varieties include Cherokee Wax, Dragon’s Tongue. Maxibel, Soleil, Kentucky Wonder,
Purple King and our Farm’s favorite – Dragon Lingerie.
What to Look For
Choose beans with bright color and no brown or soft spots. In general, smaller pods are sweeter.
easY storage anD PreParatIon
You can store beans in the refrigerator for a couple of days without sacrificing nutrition or flavor. When it’s
time to cook, pull off any strings along the pod’s seam and trim the ends. For one pound of beans, bring
three quarts of water to boil, add a couple of teaspoons of salt and the beans. If you are cooking purple
beans, try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the water to keep their lovely hue. Beans will take
anywhere from six to 12 minutes to cook, depending on size. Strain the beans and then refresh by plunging
them into a bowl of ice water or running them under cold water for several minutes.
Best Uses
Farm fresh beans don’t need a lot of adornment. Steam and toss with lemon, olive oil and sea salt and serve
at room temperature for the perfect summer side. They are also terrific sautéed with garlic and spices or
slow-cooked in a tomato sauce Mediterranean-style.
gooD PaIreD WIth…
  • Almonds
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Olive Oil
  • Red peppers
  • Shallots
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar, especially sherry
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