String beans, also known as green beans, make it onto the list of “world’s healthiest foods.” A member of the bean and legume category, these guys provide concentrated amounts of fiber, folate and minerals making them known to lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, among others. They are also a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B2 and B1, and copper.
Most common cooking method is to boil. Always wash produce before cooking and eating. Bring water to a boil and add whole beans, cooking until bright green in color, about 5-7 minutes. The beans should be crisp and tender (al dente). Blanch in ice bath for one minute after cooking. Before eating, trim the stem off, and tail end off as well if preferred.
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