As I got older I learned a few things about green beans. Not only are they cheap they are easy to grow in a garden. They grow so well I got four pickings off my plants this growing season. If you are overwhelmed you can cook and eat them right away, can or freeze them. Now, I know why we had them every night with dinner.
Wanting to know more about a green bean I dug a little deeper in my research. I found out that green beans come in all shapes, sizes, color and there are approximately 150 varieties in the world. Makes me wonder out of the 150 varieties how many have I eaten! As a child I know it had to be just ONE!
There are two categories for green beans, which are pole beans and bush beans. Pole beans grown like vines and need support such as a trellis or pole in order to grow properly. While bush beans are a small, fairly compact plant, they need no support for growing.
Nutritional facts of green beans are surprising to me. Now I know why my parents made these nutritious legumes so much that I learned to dislike. A green bean has no cholesterol, until you add the fats for cooking. They are high in fiber as well. We all know that our bodies need vitamins to sustain a healthy state and green beans provide many of them, such as, vitamin A, C, K, B-6 and folic acid. They are also a great source for minerals, such as, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and silicon.
So my conclusion is don’t let these power-packed, delicious little beans fool you, they are full of nutrients that we need on a daily basis. There are many ways that they can be prepared. My simple and favorite recipe for green beans:
2 pounds green beans (washed and ends trimmed)
3 cups chicken bone broth (any broth will work)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large onion (sliced)
In a large pot with lid add green beans and broth. Bring to a boil for 5 mins and then turn down to a simmer and add butter. Simmer for 4 hours (keep lid on). An hour before beans are done add in the onions. Salt and pepper to taste.