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French, Green & Runner Beans



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Common Names: Runner Beans, French Beans, Green Beans, String Beans, Haricots Vert
Family: Fabaceae
In Season: June  -  October (best)
Buying: Choose crisp, firm, well-coloured beans which break easily. Small Younger beans are generally  sweeter and more tender. Avoid pods in which the beans are bulging.
Storing: Packed loosely in plastic bags for 2-4 days in the refrigerator
Serving Allowances: 100g/4oz per person

General  - Preparing  French, Green and Runner Beans
Wash in cold water.  Snap or cut off a small section from each end of the pods.

Round French and Green beans don't need any further preparation.

Runner beans usually have strings at the sides which should be removed before further preparation. These can usually be "peeled"  or cut down the length of the bean using a small knife. You can also by little  bean slicer/stringers which both de-string and slice the beans in one go as shown in the picture.

Optional Preparations/Cuts  (see Main Vegetable Preparation Page for  explanations and photos)


Baton Brunoise Chunk Cube Dice/chop Grate Julienne
x x x x Y x x
Matchsticks Mashed Paysanne Puréed Shred Slice Sulfrino
x x x x Y Y x



Cooking times and suitable methods for cooking fresh beans




Whole  French/Green  =  25 - 30 minutes. Drizzle with oil and seasonings


y Whole  French/Green  =  6-10  minutes
Slice  or shred Runner beans  = 
5-7  minutes


y Slice  or shred Runner beans  =  stir-fry  4-6  minutes


y Whole  French/Green  =  4-6  minutes (225g/8oz)
Slice  or shred Runner beans  = 
3-5 minutes  (225g/8oz)



Whole  French/Green  =  8 - 12  minutes
Slice  or shred Runner beans  = 
6-8 minutes



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