EN on Foods

August 2012 Issue

Summer’s Health Bounty: Green Beans

Green beans and other shell beans, or “common beans,” are traced to a common ancestor in Peru. The beans traveled through South and Central America via migrating Indian tribes and then to Europe by way of Spanish explorers home from the New World. Once rare and expensive, the slender vegetable became more widespread around the 19th century, first appearing in French cuisine. They are known by the French as haricots verts, which translates literally to “green beans,” and also are commonly called string beans and snap beans.

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