Today was bean harvesting day! It really should have been a couple of days ago but better late than never. All told we picked 5 pounds, 7 ounces but after processing (cutting off tips and discarding bad or old beans) we ended up with over 4 pounds. These we blanched (for 3 minutes), chilled, vacuum-packed and put in the freezer for eating another day.
According to The New Complete Book of Food by Carol Ann Rinzler green beans are high in fiber, vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium (p. 165). Here’s a site with some interesting bean info: http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofgreenbeans.html
Personally I like to just blanch the beans until just barely tender and toss with the juice of an orange or a bit of fresh lime juice, parsley, and sea salt. They’re still a bit crispy and have a nice flavor. We found some lovely recipes on epicurious.com:
Green Bean and Roasted Tomato Salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Green-Bean-and-Roasted-Tomato-Salad-14065
Green Beans with Coriander and Garlic:
Here are some additional recipe and info links: