Great Green Beans

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Contributed by Angela Cleveland

Last week, we had fava beans in our basket, and this week, we have green beans. Green beans are different than many other types because they can be eaten raw (or lightly steamed). They are also known as string or snap beans and are found in the same family as shell beans, such as pinto, black, and kidney beans. Yet unlike their cousins, green beans' entire bean, pod and seed, can be eaten.

The shape, size, and colour of green beans is probably familiar to you. But, did you know that they are an excellent source of Vitamins K, A, and dietary fiber? They are also a very good source of Vitamins C, B2, B1, and potassium, iron, manganese, folate, and magnesium.

The best way to store unwashed fresh bean pods is in a perforated plastic bag kept in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about three days.





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