Our newest local farm, The Chicken Chalet (Brookings) is also our newest source of green beans, and this mix includes both Blue Lake Green Beans and flat-podded Scarlet Runner Beans. Grown using organic practices.
A favorite among green bean lovers everywhere, Blue Lake Green Beans are famous for their wonderful, “beany” flavor and smooth, string-less texture. They are known for retaining that flavor and texture when they are canned or frozen.
Scarlet Runner Beans are also basically string-less, and can get up to 10 inches long! Normally grown only for their beans (which are usually dried and stored), these are harvested before the beans have formed, when the pods are still tender. They have a stronger “beany” flavor that’s a good contrast with the milder Blue Lake bean.
Green beans are a good source of carbohydrates, weighing in at around 10 grams in a cup of simply cooked beans. These carbs come in a healthy package that includes high percentages of your daily value of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and manganese.
Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. You can also freeze your fresh green beans – without blanching! Just trim the ends off, chop into desired sizes, wash them and freeze!