Common name: black bean, bush bean, French bean, green bean, kidney bean, pole bean, red bean, snap bean, string bean, stringless bean, wax bean
French name: haricot vert (green bean or string bean), pois mange-tout (snap bean)
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Early pods are called string beans. Advanced green pods are snap beans and advanced yellow pods are butter beans.
Origin: tropical regions of South Mexico and Central America.
Reason to choose organic: Green beans have the number 14 highest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group and is therefore a prime candidate for switching to organic. The EWA explains, While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, green bean has a 67.6% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 42.0% (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, a 1.4 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.199 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 35 different pesticides found in use growing green beans. These toxic pesticides dont apply to organic foods.
Storage: Eat green beans within two days of purchase.
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Gender:masculine (traditional western European magickal gender)
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