They are distinguished from the many differing varieties of beans in that green beans are harvested and consumed with their enclosing pods, typically before the seeds inside have fully matured.  Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans, string beans, snap beans and snaps.[5][6]


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Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Freezing Green Beans: Rinse your green beans in cool water and then drain. Cut the ends of the beans off and then cut the beans to whatever length you prefer


Place the green beans in a large colander. Rinse them under cool, running water for approximately 60 seconds, agitating the colander slightly to expose each bean to the water.

  • You can also rinse the beans without a colander. Grab a handful and run them beneath cool, running water, shifting the green beans slightly in your hand as you work. Use your fingers to gently scrub away any noticeable dirt or debris.