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Week 11: Green Beans

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Whether you call them green beans, snap beans or string beans, this popular vegetable has been around since ancient times — 5,000-6,000 B.C.Whether you call them green beans, snap beans or string beans, this popular vegetable has been around since ancient times — 5,000-6,000 B.C. Green beans are a good source of vitamins A, C, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), as well as calcium, phosphorous and iron.

Even though we usually think of traditional green beans, you can find a variety of colors — yellow wax beans, dark purple beans, or striped purple/green/yellow beans.

Green beans are easy to grow in Minnesota and require little attention. Plant them in the spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Beans grow best in full sun in well-drained, crumbly soil (to allow the seedling to easily emerge).

Fresh beans can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag or containers for a week.

Recipes:

Green Beans with Bacon-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Szechuan Green Beans with Ground Pork

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing beans in Minnesota home gardens