The string bean is the fruit of a plant native to South America that has been cultivated by the Mexicans and Peruvians for over 7,000 years.
There are over a hundred varieties of string beans, all with different shapes, colours and flavours. They are divided into three categories: the green bean, the yellow bean and the French bean or haricot, which is the smallest and skinniest.
Honeyed Green Beans with Pecans and Cranberries
Beef Tenderloin Roast with Potato and Green Bean Bundles
Thai Grilled Red Grill Angus Medallions and Bean Salad
Sweet Potato, Swordfish and Tuna Salad
Green Bean and Smoked Salmon Wrap
- Choose fresh, firm, crisp, very green or golden yellow beans
that have no bruises or brown spots and a uniform shape.
- The string bean is usually served cooked and most often as a
- It can also be added to salads, soups, stews and
- The string bean can be stir-fried Chinese style, sauteed,
boiled or steamed and served with sauce or vinaigrette, or au
- The string bean pairs particularly well with tomatoes, thyme,
oregano, rosemary, mint, marjoram, mustard, aniseed, nutmeg and
- String beans take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to boil or steam, depending on size and quantity.
Fresh string beans are available year-round in your METRO
Fresh string beans are a good source of :
- Folic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Fresh, unwashed string beans placed in a perforated plastic bag will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days. To freeze, blanch the beans and store in freezer bags or air-right containers.