French green beans or haricot verts have been in the spotlight of cuisines for centuries. Their vivid color, slender shape, and bright flavor make them a welcome addition to countless dishes around the world. These delicate beauties not only bring pleasure to our eyes and palates, but they also pack a healthy punch. French green beans double as a legume and vegetable, contributing to eye and heart health, diabetes management, and even HIV treatment.
Like all green beans, the French green bean is an immature fruit enclosed within edible pods. It belongs to the widely populated genus and species Phaseolus vulgaris. This vegetable has a more tender, thinner, and longer pod than other green bean varieties. French green beans come in several types and colors of green, purple, and yellow. The French bean is related to popular green bean cultivars such as Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder, Tendergreen, and yellow wax beans, as well as bean varieties grown for their seeds: black, kidney, navy, and pinto beans. This makes the French green bean a leguminous vegetable which can provide a singular combination of nutrients to your diet.
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