Ingredient: Beans

Green, Wax, Shelling


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Green Beans-

  • Description

Green beans are a vibrant green color, they are also referred to as string beans.  Green beans are eaten whole, pod and all.  They are tender when they are harvested young.

  • Preparation

Snap off the ends of the pods and in some cases remove the string.  Green beans can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or roasted.  Be creative!

  • Storage

Green beans should be stored in a produce bag in the refrigerator, they are good for up to a week.

  • Nutrition

Vitamin A, C, K, folate, fiber

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Wax Beans-

  • Description

Wax beans are a pale yellow color with a stringless, edible pod.  Wax beans are tender when eaten young.

  • Preparation

Snap off the ends of the pods and in some cases remove the string.  Wax beans can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or roasted.  They pair nicely in color when mixed as a dish with green beans. (see photo above)

  • Storage

Wax beans should be stored in a produce bag in the refrigerator, they are good for up to a week.

  • Nutrition

Calcium, protein, fiber, iron, vitamin B6 and C

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Give wax beans a quick run through some boiling water, then toss them with some Amish roll butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a quick and easy side dish.

 

Shell Beans-

  • Description

Shell beans have an inedible shell which needs to be removed, they are eaten for the seeds inside only.  Embrace the shelling process, it is tedious but if you make it “zen like”, it can be quite relaxing and the rewards are wonderful!

  • Preparation

Split the shell down the center and remove the beans from their pods.  Shell beans should be placed in a pot with seasonings such as garlic and bay leaves, covered in water and boiled for an average of 45 minutes, until tender.  They can also be steamed or baked.  If you choose to go another route, you can dry the beans for later usage.

  • Varieties

Shell beans include English Beans, lima beans, red kidney beans, cannellini beans etc.  We have been fortunate enough to receive the beautiful cranberry beans in the past shares! 

  • Nutrition

Very high in protein, folate, fiber, iron, the list goes on and on, they are a super food, eat them!


Recipes Using Beans

Sautéed Corn with Black Beans and Red Bell Pepper

This one was shared by fellow Springdellian Dawn DeMeo a great one to use up the last of the seasonal corn, peppers, jalapeños and onion.  The source is Cooks Illustrated, a fabulous local test kitchen.  It’s a wonderful recipe as it’s very flexible in its ingredients, and easy to make your own. Check them out and try this one today!  


Burrito Bowls

What better way to enjoy CSA ingredients than in a burrito bowl like this one? Tender SpringDell’monico steak tops off this flexible dish, while cilantro brings the fresh Mexican inspired flavors to the mesa.


Vegetarian Chili Your Way

This versatile chili is great for those odds and ends veggies in your kitchen, as so many veggies that grace our share boxes will work.  included is a basic veggie foundation and spice ratio along with suggestions on where and when to add the veggies to the mix.  We hope you enjoy making this chili your own!


Asian Inspired Wax Beans

A bit of soy sauce (or the gluten free tamari version) along with some peanuts, ginger, lemon juice and brown sugar make for a savory sweet surprise in every bite of your fresh beans.