Available in a variety of colors, string beans, or green beans as they are commonly called, were originally given their name because of a string that was found along the outer side of their pod. In the 1890’s, through successful agricultural breeding, botanists were able to remove the string from the beans.
Known as nitrogen fixers, string beans, along with other legumes and plants like clover and licorice, pull nitrogen from the air and return it to the soil. This makes them a valuable plant to farmers, who through crop rotation, use it to help replenish their soil.
String beans are just immature dry beans and one of the most popular vegetables grown in home gardens.
Aside from a great fresh taste, here are a few reasons why we love green beans for pregnant moms, nursing moms and anyone in the family:
- Contain more Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium and less starch and protein than their dried counterparts.
- Great source of dietary Fiber, Folate, Iron, Manganese, Potassium, and Vitamin K.
- Good source of Omega-3 (DHA).
- A great mashed food for babies beginning 8-10 months.