Green beans are vegetables that grow on vines during the summer and fall months. They are also called string beans or snap beans. Yellow wax beans, purple bush beans and purple and beige heirloom varieties are included in the green bean family.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Green Beans
Green beans contain fiber which helps provide a feeling of fullness and is important for digestion. Vitamin K in green beans plays a role in blood clotting and bone health. Folate found in green beans helps tissues grow and cells work in our bodies. Folate is also important for women who are pregnant.
How to Select Green Beans
Choose green beans that have a smooth pod. They should be firm and crisp enough that they snap easily when bent. The beans should be bright green and free from damage and discoloration.
How to Store Green Beans
Place unwashed green beans in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
How to Prepare Green Beans
- Add to stir-fry
- Add to soup or stew
- Add chopped green beans to a pasta salad
- Add to a casserole
- Serve alone as a side dish or in a vegetable medley
- Steam, roast, or sauté green beans
- Add to fried rice
- Pickle green beans
Seasonal Availability of Green Beans in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.