Green Beans are the unripe fruit of the common bean, selected especially for the flavor and sweetness of their pods. They are sometimes called fresh beans or string beans. Unlike other beans, Green Beans are harvested and consumed with their pods, before the bean seeds have fully matured.
Growing and harvesting
We grow Green Beans in Tasmania, generally between January and April. They take about 3 months from planting to harvest. We mechanically harvest the ans in the morning and pack them the same day.
Look for Green Beans that are tender and stiff, but flexible. They should have a firm texture and ‘snap’ when broken.
Green Beans are washed and hydrocooled during grading then kept refrigerated. Store green beans in the fridge until ready to eat.
Wash the beans before use. Green Beans can be eaten raw, boiled (but only for a couple of minutes until tender), steamed or sautéed.
Green beans are a good source of vitamin C, and a source of fibre.
Try it now
Try Green Beans as a side in this recipe for Garlic Beans from The Australian Women's Weekly.