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Green Beans

Phaseolus Vulgaris

Etymology

Green beans, also known as French beans, are the green, unripe pods of various cultivars of the common bean plant (Phaseolus vulgaris), which are used as a vegetable. Unlike other beans, green beans are harvested and consumed with their pods, typically before the seeds themselves have reached maturity.

Green Beans

Product types

Whole or trimmed green beans

Processing

Loose

Trimmed and packaged according to a minimum weight

In 500 g vertbags

In 1 kg vertbags

Description

Green beans are simply the immature pods of the bean plant (Phaseolus vulgaris), which is a member of the Papilionaceae legume family. This annual herbaceous plant has a climbing stem and may be dwarf or reach up to 4 metres in height. The bean pods are swollen and elongated, may be straight or curved, and appear in intense shades of green, yellow or purple, depending on the variety. The internal seeds, arranged longitudinally, vary from yellowish-white to more or less intense shades of green. In addition to the classic variety, you can also find Bobis white beans; Marconi stringless beans; Prelude beans; Contender beans, also known as French beans; beans with yellow pods, such as Meraviglia di Venezia and Corona d'Oro; and beans with purple pods, such as Trionfo Violetto and Anellini di Trento.

Seasonality

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Green Beans
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Curiosities

Green beans are rich in vitamins A and C and mineral salts such as iron, potassium and phosphorus. They are a precious source of calcium, ideal for keeping your bones strong. In terms of beneficial properties, they are purifying and diuretic. Native to South America, green beans were cultivated in the Andes as early as 6,000 BC, when they were typically consumed dried. Christopher Columbus brought them to Europe at the end of the fifteenth century. According to some documents, they were first cultivated in Italy, Greece and Turkey in the 17th century.

Nutritional values

Carbohydrates

7.13 g

Pantothenic acid

0.094 mg

Phosphorus

38 mg

Protein

1.82 g

Thiamine

0.084 mg

Calcium

37 mg

Fat

0.34 g

Pyridoxine

0.074 mg

Magnesium

25 mg

Fibre

3.4 g

Vitamin A

690 IU

Sodium

6 mg

Vitamin C

16.3 mg

Folate

37 mg

Iron

1.04 mg

Niacin

0.752 mg

Vitamin K

14.4 mg

Zinc

0.24 mg

Riboflavin

0.105 mg

Potassium

209 mg

Manganese

0.214 mg

Recipes

Risotto with green beans

Risotto with green beans is a light and delicious dish that is also extremely easy to prepare. Simply boil the green beans, cut them into small pieces, and add them to the rice when it is almost finished cooking. For an even tastier risotto, mix in grated scamorza and Parmesan: in just over half an hour, you will have a delicious and nutritious dish, ideal for a lunch with family or friends. A quick and simple recipe!

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