BEANS, RUNNER

Runner beans are one of Britains favourite green vegetables. The scarlet runner bean has a long, green pod with a lovely crunchy texture.

When runner beans were first introduced to Britain from South America in the early 1600s, they were grown as ornamental climbing plants and the bright red flowers were used in bouquets and posies.

BEANS, RUNNER are classed as a vegetable.

Tips

Boil or steam and serve as a traditional vegetable accompaniment. Ready sliced runner beans can reduce preparation time significantly.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (boiled): energy 25 kcal, 100 kJ; protein 2.0g; carbohydrate 3.0g; fat 0.4g.

Preparation

Wash thoroughly, top and tail the beans by cutting a small section from both ends and remove as much string as possible from seams. Slice or chop.

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

Runner beans are the UKs most popular bean variety.

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.

CountryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Kenya
UK
Zambia