String beans are in the same family as shell beans, such as pinto beans, black beans and kidney beans. Yet unlike their cousins, string beans' entire bean, pod and seed, can be eaten.
String beans are picked while still immature and the inner bean is just beginning to form. They are one of only a few varieties of beans that are eaten fresh. Although string beans vary in size they average about four inches in length. They are usually deep emerald green in color and come to a slight point at either end. They contain tiny seeds within their thin pods.
String beans, while quite low in calories (just 43.75 calories in a whole cup), are loaded with enough nutrients to not only power up the Jolly Green Giant, but to put a big smile on his face. String Beans are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Plus string beans are very good source of vitamin A (notably through their concentration of carotenoids including beta-carotene), dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. And, string beans are a good source of magnesium, thiamin, riboflavin, copper, calcium, phosphorus, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and niacin.
String beans are also a very good source of fiber, a very good source of potassium and folate, and a good source of magnesium and riboflavin. Each of these nutrients plays a significant role in cardiovascular health.
String beans may also help prevent colon cancer. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in string beans help to protect the colon cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. String beans' folate helps to prevent DNA damage and mutations in colon cells, even when they are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. Studies show that people who eat foods high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and/or folate are at a much lower risk of getting colon cancer than those who don't. Storing and cooking
Storing and CookingStore unwashed fresh beans pods in a plastic bag kept in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Just prior to using the string beans, wash them under running water. Remove both ends of the beans by either snapping them off or cutting them with a knife. Serving ideas:
- String beans are a classic ingredient in Salad Nicoise, a French cold salad dish that combines steamed string beans with tuna fish and potatoes.
- SautÃ© string beans with shiitake mushrooms.
- Prepare the perennial favorite, string beans almondine, by sprinking slivered almonds on healthy sautÃ©ed beans.
- Roast string beans, red peppers and garlic, and combine with olive oil and seasonings to make a delicious salad.
- Add chopped string beans to breakfast frittatas.
String Bean Recipes:
Fennel Green Beans
Marinated Bean Salad
Italian Green Beans
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Where We Are
Spring is Coming!
Thursdays are open for visitation. We are packing seed orders and chatting it up with friends and family. In addition to eggs and seeds, there are also dry beans and some root stocks floating around and available. The home farm is located at 10145 Oxford Rd. We hope to see you soon!
Boulder Farmers Market re-opens Saturdays on April 2 from 8-2 and Wednesdays on May 4 from 4-8
This year we will also have seeds at the Longmont Farmer's Market for the first 6 markets.