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Green beans, string beans or snap beans - they can have many names. These are versatile vegetables, and they have many health benefits to offer. They appear to reduce the risk of heart diseases and colon cancer, help control diabetes, provide a boost to the immune system, and contribute to the elimination of harmful free radicals. These nutrient-packed beans are an excellent low-calorie dietary choice that is great for acquiring vitamins and minerals without adding any unwanted pounds. There are many different varieties of green beans, but their nutritional content and health benefits remain similar. Enjoy them in your CSA share especially when they’re freshly picked and still-tender.
Green beans can be stored in a zipper plastic bag for up to a week. Otherwise, boil for 1 to 2 minutes, drain under running cold water, pat dry, then place in a zip-style bag and freeze.
Before cooking green beans, remove the stem end with a knife or snap them off with your fingers. Green beans go well with almost any other vegetable. You can boil or steam them. Also, try roasting for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees (slathered with olive oil and sprinkled with salt) or stir-frying for 3 to 4 minutes until charred. They would go well with soy sauce or fresh lemon juice or a sprinkling of chopped mint or basil. You can toss them in a bowl with walnuts and halved cherry tomatoes or tomatoes.
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