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Produce Spotlight: Green Beans

Green Beans

Pick of the crop:

Choose smooth, slender beans that are bright green and crisp. Fresh green beans will keep from 3 to 5 days in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. When you are ready to use them, wash them in cold water and remove the stems.

Recipes:

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Fun facts:

  • Green beans are tasty, low in calories, and give us many valuable nutrients!
  • Green beans grow on tall vines. Massachusett’s farmers pick them in summer and early fall.
  • Open up a green bean and find little beans inside. Green beans are so tender we eat the whole pod. 
  • Green been, string bean, snap bean – they’re all the same!
  • Bright green and crunchy, green beans are great dippers. Try them with your favorite low-fat dip or salad dressing.
  • Massachusetts Native Americans grew green beans with corn and squash. They called them the “Three Sisters of Life.”

More Matters!  Fruit and Veggie Tips for Kids:

  • Make green bean French fries! Sprinkle fresh green beans with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on a shallow pan. Bake at 400° F for 20-25 minutes, turning them over when they’re half-way done.
  • Use green beans instead of spaghetti. Top some steamed green beans with your child’s favorite spaghetti sauce. Let your child sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy steamed green beans sprinkled with fresh lemon or orange juice.
  • Green beans are also great in salads and soups.

A Super Snack Idea:

Sprinkle fresh green beans with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake in the oven to make green bean French fries.

Veggie Humor:

Question: What vegetable can tie you up?

Answer: Why, a string bean, of course!