The aristocrats of the bean family, French beans can be cooked whole if they are small, just snip the ends. Cut larger ones into 2.5cm/1 inch chunks. Simmer or steam till just tender. French Beans are also known as Haricot Vert, French for Green Beans. These delicate beans must be harvested by hand one bean at a time. French Beans are favored by Chefs for their great flavor and elegant appearance.
Our Earth Exotics™ packaging is unique and is designed for ease of use and with the intent of creating very little waste. Although our packaging is microwave capable, it is not the optimal way to prepare vegetables. We highly encourage you to try other cooking methods such as roasting, sautéing, steaming, and even boiling in some cases. You will find that the vegetables will have a better texture and flavor by utilizing some of these tried and true cooking methods, and will leave you with a better eating experience.
MICROWAVE: Cut corner of bag, microwave on high 6 - 7 minutes.
STEAM: Cut corner of bag, place in steamer over boiling water for 16 - 18 minutes.
BOIL: Remove French Beans from bag, boil in salted water for 9 - 10 minutes.
Green Beans/1 cup cooked
Total fat (g) 0.4
Saturated fat (g) 0.1
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.2
Dietary fiber (g) 4
Protein (g) 2
Carbohydrate (g) 10
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Sodium (mg) 4
Manganese (mg) 0
Always look for the youngest, brightest and freshest looking beans that have crisp pods. Leave the ones that are wizened or discolored. For French Beans the optimum temperature 6-8 at relative humidity of 90-95%.
Keep fresh beans in perforated plastic bags in the refrigerator crisper; edible pod beans will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days, shell beans for 2 or 3 days. Refrigerate shelled beans in a plastic bag and use them within a day or two.
HANDLING & PREPARATION
Cook and eat as soon as you can to preserve texture, flavor and goodness. Keep in a cool, dry place. All beans, if young and tender, can be frozen.