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Green String Beans are listed as a diamond food on the explorer food list.  Does anyone know if they are the same as regular green beans or are they a totally different type of green bean?.

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same ol' good beans!
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Yes, I've been taking it to mean the common green beans that you can steam or pop into stir fries  

Now you've got me thinking...as it is in the vegetable protein section rather than the live foods section  
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I love green beans...one of my favorite foods.
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Eating some right now for brekky. (with the corn fed steak.)

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There are so many 'breeds' of green beans & some are very stringy. I also love GBs & even eat canned ones(I eat the whole can, not some skimpy portion!).
I think they are good for all types. They must be the national vegetable in the USA.
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Gee Mrs. T&O, the BTD must have given you really strong teeth, to eat "the whole can" Just kidding, I'm in a dopey mood this morning.

My dad just gave me a huge batch of beans from his garden. YUM!I'm about to throw some leftover green and yellow beans into my scrambled eggs.


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Green beans are in the vegetable protein section because they are the immature form of shell or dried beans. It used to be that you ate green beans until they became too big and tough, then you let them go into the 'shelly' stage and saved the beans inside them instead. Now most varieties of green beans are bred to be eaten in the immature stage (though you can still eat both green and dried beans with most heirloom varieties).


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Thanks for explaining this - I was confused too! we used to eat them with lashings of white sauce - yummy but now no milk or cornflour but they are still good with olive oil  
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Brighid...great explanation...thanks.
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Thanks for all your replies!

I actually am not too fond of green beans.  I usually only have them once a year in the famous green bean casserole that i make for Christmas and i use the french cut ones.  For some reason the french cut ones don't seem to bother me too much.

I want to give them another try maybe i'll try mixing them with other things.  The reason i want to give them another try is that they are a diamond food and i'm trying to eat as many of them as possible.

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keep on making your white sauce using almond milk and arrowroot, if compliant, or simply substitute accordingly.


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Hi Mickey and Lola, I find green beans yummalicious with pesto and Genua Pesto. They seems me a luxury food  with this dressing !
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One of my favorite meals is:

Steamed Green Beans with Tilapia.

Put a large serving of Green Beans in steamer basket.
Sprinkle generously with granulated garlic.
Place 1 or 2 frozen Tilapia fillets on the beans.
Sprinkle Tilapia with curry powder.

Steam about 20 minutes or until fisk is flaky.
Pour out onto plate (I try to get the beans under the fish on the plate.) and serve (eat).

Variation:
I sometimes add a generous portion of yogurt on top when served.


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Speedy and Rex, you're more than welcome

Mickey, if you like your green beans french cut, you can do it yourself with this tool:

http://www.canningpantry.com/beanfrencher.html

My mom had a frencher for the fresh beans straight out of the garden and they were absolutely delicious! It's a good way to make older, tougher beans more tender too.

If you don't want to bother with the frencher, you can also slice beans into smaller pieces to make them a little softer. Cut them at an oblique angle to make them look nice, if you like.


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A hand held plastic gadget to make French cut green beans. Simply pull the bean through the opening, which has the cutting blades, and it will slice the bean into even strips.

but Brighid s gadget is more sophisticated!


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The one at the canningpantry website is for home canners who have lots of beans to process and need to put a handful of beans through the frencher at one time. It's a good tool, my mother used hers for many years. The handheld ones are nice too though Lola, when you don't feel like setting up the bigger gadget


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I love green/string beans!  We grew them in our garden when I was a kid.  I used to eat them raw.  Now I like them steamed with salt, butter, and ground ginger.
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This time of year at my workplace, big grocery bags full of green beans mysteriously appear in the breakroom, just begging to be disposed of. I take lots of them home, blanch and freeze as much as our little fridge freezer will hold, and make the rest this way:

chop up several slices of turkey bacon and fry them in a heavy skillet until browned. Take the bacon out but leave any drippings in the pan. If the bacon is very lean and leaves no drippings, add a spoonful of a blend of ghee and light olive or grapeseed oil to the pan and heat. Chop half an onion and saute in the drippings until the onions are golden brown--this should take about 20 minutes, more or less. When the onions are done, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Wash and drain about a pound of trimmed green beans (ends removed). You can run them through a frencher or just slice them into small pieces. Put them in a dutch oven or large heavy saucepan with enough vegetable, turkey or beef stock to just cover them. Add in the fried bacon, onion and drippings, stir and simmer covered over very low heat until the beans are tender. This may take some time if the beans are old and tough or large--usually an hour or two on the stovetop. When you are ready to serve the beans, sprinkle some toasted slivered almonds on top.

You can easily make this recipe in a slow cooker as well, just follow the recipe up to adding everything into a dutch oven. Use the LOW setting and let everything cook for about 4 hours or until tender.

I use this recipe in place of the green bean casserole that everyone makes for Thanksgiving or other holiday dinners. It does have some fat in it, but it's healthy fat and no flour, dairy or additives! This is fantastic paired with mashed sweet potatoes or savory baked pumpkin alongside roast turkey.


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mmmmm, Brighid.
And Drive, the addition of ginger sounds great.
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Yeah,

The ginger and butter sounds great, though in my case i'd have to use ghee.  I'm trying to use more ginger in my diet too, soo i can get the best of all worlds with the green beans, ginger and ghee (they are all diamonds for me!!!).

BTW,  I got some frozen green beans at Trader Joe's they are the french green beans not french cut.  They are skinnier than the regular green beans and i have had them before at restaurants and actually like them.  Don't know why i like them maybe because they are skinnier or have a different texture/taste?.


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The skinnier beans are younger and more tender. I think they taste better too But most of the homegrown beans I get now are the older tougher beans. If they're too big I just shell the beans out of them and eat those instead. Fresh shell beans are delicious!


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Les Haricots beans...mmmmm. love 'em.

(which is where they got the name "zydeco" for the cajun music...just down home beans type music!)
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We grew Blue Lake pole beans when I was little and it was easy to pick them off the trellis.  But I don't have a trellis at my garden, nor did I want to build one, so I planted Blue Lake bush beans.  Harder to pick, but they sure are good.  I shell the mature ones and cook them along with the green ones.  

I like the french cut better too.  For some reason they taste better.  I like canned green beans better than frozen ones, but you really can't compare with fresh!

For a fast bean dish, open a can of french cut green beans, a couple of cans of various compliant other beans (garbanzo is best, but not many of us can eat them; also black beans work well here because they hold up better than navy beans, for example, during the stirring process).  Add a can of shoepeg corn if you can eat it, lime juice, olive oil, a sprinkle of oregano, and a little salt.  Add cubes of cheese if you can eat it.  Stir all together and taste.  Adjust (usually needs more lime juice and olive oil) and chill till you're ready to eat.


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Thanks!  Our vacation wasn't without injury...I think I'll start a thread though, so as not to hijack the green bean thread.


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Can anyone post a pic of green string beans? Not downloaded from popular internet sites please  , just want to see whether what I think is what it is. There was a minor discussion on string beans, snap beans & green string beans a while ago...and there nothing conclusive came out of it  


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No piccies, unfortunately. Maybe someone with a garden will post some for us

As far as I know, string beans, snap beans and green string beans are all the same thing, with some varietal differences. Here's what I've learned over the years, and if I'm wrong someone please correct me:

~~String beans are so-called because the older varieties had to have a thin string of tough fiber removed from the seam running down the pod. Newer varieties don't have that fiber, they've been hybridized to remove it. I remember stringing beans though! Almost as bad as shelling peas!  

~~Snap beans have been bred to be meatier and crisper than the older varieties, mainly because they are intended to be eaten in the immature form. Snap beans can also refer to 'wax' beans, which are a variety that tend to be more brittle and easier to snap in half. They have a waxy appearance, hence the name.

~~Green string beans are string beans. Calling them 'green' is likely another way of referring to the immature form of the bean. This probably goes back to the time when you planted a variety you could eat 'green' and then let mature for the 'shelly' beans inside.

Hope this is helpful to you! You can also check out the Wikipedia entry on green or string beans to get more particulars, if you're interested.


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I could take a picture of mine but it might be a few days before I could get it up.  I can't go to the garden right now because I can barely walk, but when I can go again I'll pick the beans, take a picture and post it here for you to see.


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See Ribbit's post HERE.


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Can anyone post a pic of green string beans? Not downloaded from popular internet sites please  


What do you want to see - the beans or the "bush"?

If you want a picture of the beans, I could photo some frozen or you can look at:
       http://gurneys.com/search.asp?ss=bush+beans

If you want the plant, sorry I can't help at the moment.


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Thanks all!
ABJoe I wanted to see the vegetable in the flesh, so to speak. In the Hunter list it's listed with 2 different values, which could make it to the errata list at some point in time I guess...


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