BEANS, DWARF

Also called Green Beans, the dwarf bean is entirely edible with a long, slender green pod that has small seeds inside.

Dwarf beans belong to the Common Bean family, named as such because they all derived from a common bean ancestor, probably in Peru. It is thought they were introduced to Europe in the 16th Century by Spanish explorers, returning from their ventures to the New World.

BEANS, DWARF are classed as a vegetable.

Tips

Can be left whole and steamed or boiled if serving as a vegetable accompaniment, or halved, for stir-fries, curries, stews, etc. To retain flavour and texture, dont overcook.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (boiled): energy 25 kcal, 100 kJ; protein 2.0g; carbohydrate 3.0g; fat 0.5g.

Preparation

Wash thoroughly and dry before use. Top and tail the beans by cutting a small section from both ends.

Storage

Store in a refrigerator, in the salad compartment, for up to 5 days.

Choosing

Choose beans with a slender, firm pod that is bright green in colour and unblemished. Avoid mature beans with large seeds and swollen pods. Good quality beans will snap easily when broken.

Fun Fact

Popeye was mistaken. Dwarf beans contain nearly twice as much iron as spinach.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Egypt
Kenya
UK
Zambia