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Green beans are bred for their fleshiness, flavor, and sweetness of their pods.  Green Beans are of nearly universal distribution.  They are sold canned, frozen, and fresh.

Handling and Storage 
Purchase green beans that have a smooth feel and a vibrant green color, and that are free from brown spots or bruises.  They should have a firm texture and snap when broken.  Store unwashed fresh beans in a plastic bag kept in the refrigerator crisper – where they will keep for about seven days.  They can be frozen to prolong their life.
Haricots Verts (longer, thinner).  Over 130 varieties exist.
Common Names
French Beans; String Beans
Year round (peak: Summer months).

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