Phaseolus vulgaris (Common Bean)
June - October
“Green beans” are defined as beans that are able to be eaten fresh instead of being dried into a nonperishable form. One of the most popular vegetables eaten in the United States, green beans will begin showing up at markets in the beginning of summer. Look for bright green beans with smooth skin. Watch out for bruising and brown spots or limp pods. The beans should literally “snap” when broken.
Nutrition: Green beans are rich in fiber and vitamins C, A and K, and a good source of protein, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and other minerals. They are an especially good source of the mineral silicon, which is important in the health of bones and connective tissue.