When we think about green beans, we are usually thinking of the “snap bean”. Though, as is the case with many vegetables, that is just scratching surface. Known scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris the family includes snap beans, fava beans, lima beans and even soy beans. Just like peas, beans are also a legume and snap beans are one of the few varieties that are eaten fresh.
Though often referred to as string beans, “the string that once was their trademark” has largely been bred out of modern varieties. Although available at your local grocery store throughout the year, they are in season from summer through early fall when they are at their best and the least expensive.