A traditional crunchy vegetable, also known as helda beans, and visually similar to the well-known runner bean, but sweeter in flavour. They are flat, stringless green beans with a smooth skin.

Flat 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, FLAT are classed as a vegetable.


Flat beans are perfect for boiling, steaming or microwaving to serve as a vegetable accompaniment. They can be used in much the same way as runner beans.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (cooked): energy 23 kcal, 98 kJ; protein 1.7g; carbohydrate 3.2g; fat 0.4g.


Wash thoroughly, top and tail the beans by cutting a small section from both ends and cut diagonally into even sized pieces or long, thin strips.


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


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

Unlike fruits, that become sweeter the longer they stay on the tree or bush, beans are sweetest when young.


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.