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Green Bean Recipe Ideas

Fee-fi-fo-fum! Remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the English folktale about a boy who goes to market to sell his cow and ends up with magic beans that grow into a gigantic beanstalk? As a child I was fascinated by that story, only to become spellbound once my mother told me my green beans came from beanstalks. Could the green beans I was having for dinner possibly be from the same beanstalk that Jack had climbed?

Originating in Peru, green beans spread throughout South and Central America, and eventually Europe and the rest of the world. They are known by many names, including “snap beans,” “pole beans” and “string beans,” although the thin string that runs down the side of the bean is rarely found in modern varieties. Although mostly green in color, some “green beans” are yellow, red, whitish green and even streaked with color.

Purchase green beans that are firm and smooth, no brown or soft spots and no bruises. Remember, they should snap easily. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. For easy back up, frozen green beans, either whole or cut, come in very handy.

Green beans are delicious in salads, main dishes, soups and snacks. They can be eaten raw or cooked, diced or whole. Here are a slew of ideas:

Have you ever gorged on green beans? Got a reason or a recipe? I’d love to know.

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Joellen Kasdorf says …

I just love green beans. Thanks for such a variety of suggestions!

Laura Nasser says …

These recipes look great! I just had Kale Berry Salad from the Whole Foods in San Antonio and was looking for the recipe. It was delish!! Can you help me?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LAURA - That does sound great! I looked through our recipe database on our site and was unable to find anything that matched your description. I would encourage you to reach out to the San Antonio store directly and ask to speak with the Prepared Foods department. It is likely that the recipe was made up by one of their awesome chefs! You can find the contact info for the store at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. Good luck!

Amanda Tonkin says …

I am looking for the Green Bean with almonds and scallions recipe

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AMANDA - You can find that yummy recipe at http://wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/green-beans-shallots-and-almonds.