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French Beans

Also Known As : String beans, Green beans, Pole beans ,Runner beans, Climbing beans, Wax beans, Fansi.
Technical Name : Phaseolus vulgaris

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

French beans are sweet with a grassy flavor

Usage Tips

  1. French beans are used for preparing a number of dishes like pulaos, biryanis, salads, soups,stews and stir-fries. They can also be pickled.They pair well with brinjals, squash, tomatoes, fresh herbs, citrus fruits, nuts, raisins and mild cheeses.
  2. French beans should not be over cooked should always have a slight crunch. It is best to buy as much needed as they perish soon. They preserve well for 1-2 days at room temperature and for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. While they keep for 1 year when frozen.

Common names and forms

  1. Beans
  2. Cooked Beans
  3. Green Beans
  4. Pure Green Beans
  5. Ring Beans

Description

French beans are thin, cylindrical shaped pods containing seeds within. They have a tender and delicate texture. The pods and seeds are eaten. The pods are a rich green while the seeds are lime green in colour and semi starchy in texture. If the pods are left to dry and become yellow then, they are known as haricot beans .They belong to the Fabaceae family.They come in many varieties of colours like green, yellow and purple. French beans have originated in America especially South and Central America.Then they were introduced to the European continent and later to other parts of the world. French beans are available all through the year with summer being the peak season.

Health benefits

  •  French beans are a good source of vitamin C which help build the immmune system by stimulating white blood cells to fight against infection in the body.(1) 
  • They are abundant in fiber which helps in regulating blood cholesterol levels and also beneficial for diabetic people as it prevents blood sugar levels from rising up immediately after a meal.(1) 
  • They are rich in iron, which is useful in building hemoglobinin in the body which further helps in giving energy to the body. Also, the presence of copper in French beans,helps proper synthesis of hemoglobin in the body.(1) 
  • They are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds like beta-carotene which help prevent many inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.(1) 

Selection Guide

Choose young, tender and crisp french beans which are not over-ripe, limp or wrinkled.  

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