Green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are consumed around the world. Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, and vitamin B2.
Preparation and serving methods
Prior to cooking with your fresh green beans, wash them under running water. Remove both ends of the beans by either snapping them off or cutting them with a knife. For the best flavor, steam the green beans whole for five minutes.
Selection and storage
Green beans should have a smooth feel and a vibrant green color. They should have a firm texture and "snap" when broken. You can store unwashed fresh beans pods in a plastic bag kept in the refrigerator crisper. Whole green beans stored this way should keep for about seven days.