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Green Beans @ French Beans

Green beans or French Beans

In the WEST ( USA) these are famously known as "Green Beans" due to the natural green color and the bean pods in it. Others may call this veggie "Snap beans" because it snaps easily.

As for Asians and French , it is known as "French Beans", maybe it was first found by the French people?

Locally, French Beans are short and slender greens, a younger cousin of the Long beans which looks wrinkle, old and very long length, bulky bean pods that are crunchy and crisp.

In UK, it is known as "Fine beans" due to the natural fine, slender nature.

Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.

— Marcelene Cox

Health Benefits of Green Beans @ French Beans

  • French Beans contain protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, B, D and iron.
  • French Beans are highly nutritious. One of the function is to help blood hemoglobin production. Vitamin B benefits our spleen and kidneys.
  • They also stimulate sperm production and virility.
  • In addition, they help to reduce swelling stomach, bad appetite, spleen, stomach, kidney weakness (lack of strength and energy), nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation and frequent urination.
  • However, do not eat them raw because they contain red blood coagulant which will cause food poisoning.
  • French beans are extremely high in folates. It is one of the compulsory nutrients that combines with vitamin B to form DNA and cell division. This is important during pregnancy as it may prevent neural -tube defects of the foetus.

I used to dislike eating vegetables including French beans.

However, after learning that besides stir fry French Beans, I could turn them into vegetable juice and smoothie for a change.

My kids and I love French beans smoothie, makes our bowel movement become obedient!

Vegetable Smoothie

Cures Illness

Green beans packed with high fiber reduces constipation

Green beans packed with high fiber reduces constipation

More Reasons Why You Should Eat French Beans

  • Blood cells production

The high iron content helps to increase blood cells production. When frying french beans, they will produce dark liquid which is actually oxidized iron. It is advisable not to dispose it.

  • Constipation

French Beans also helps to relieve constipation. the pods of French Beans are high in fiber content. therefore, these pods helps defecation easily. Patients having constant constipation, dry and hard stool ought to consume French Beans occasionally. Our intestine are able to absorb all the nutrition quickly and effectively.

  • Eyesight

Another benefit of consuming French Beans is they aid in improving our eyesight. The vitamin A is good for those people with visually poor eyesight. Stir fried pork or beef or chicken liver with French Beans is a great dish.

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  • Prevent Beri-Beri Illness

People consuming regular white rice instead of brown rice usually suffer from insufficient vitamin B. When patients feet start to swell slightly and getting tired easily, these symptoms signify the early stage of Beri-Beri disease.

  • What is Beri-Beri?

Beri-Beri is a nervous system ailment caused by a thiamine deficiency, insufficient of vitamin B in a person's diet. It affects the cardiovascular system whereby the victim experiences weakness and pain in limbs, irregular heart beat, impaired sensory and weight loss.

  • How to cure Beri-Beri disease?

In order to heal early stage of Beri-Beri disease, try to cook brown rice with nuts, with the outer red sheath removed. While the rice is still cooking, add chopped French Beans, minced pork and shredded mushrooms on top. This makes a delicious dish.

Fastest way to remove the strings

#1 Stir Fry French Beans with Tofu

French Beans with fried tofu

French Beans with fried tofu

I love my Roichen Wok

I love my Roichen wok because the food doesn't stick to the ceramic wok after cooking. You know when you fry vegetables with minced meat, the meat will stick to the wok, making it a headache to get it off unless you had to soak with water.

Roichen wok doesn't have this problem. The meat doesn't stick to the wok and my French beans dish slip off the wok easily into the shallow plate!



  • 1 large onion-diced
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 pieces beancurd -fried and cubed
  • 500g minced beef
  • French beans, cabbage- sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil

Blend into a paste

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp thick soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1tsp mustard
  • sugar and salt to taste


  1. In a wok, heat up 1 tbsp oil and fry the diced onion, cinnamon stick until fragrant.
  2. Add the vegetables and enough water to cover.
  3. Put in minced meat and boil until the meat is cooked.
  4. Add in the blended paste and beancurd.
  5. Simmer it until the gravy thickens.
  6. Serve hot.

Green @ French Beans Fried Rice

French Beans Fried Rice that goes well with chicken floss

French Beans Fried Rice that goes well with chicken floss

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

3-4 persons


  • a packet of french beans, remove strings, wash, cut into small sections
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimps, soak and drain
  • 1 tbsp pork floss
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • a few slices carrots
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat up wok. Sauté garlic and onions until fragrant
  2. Add in dried shrimps, stir fry until aromatic.
  3. Add in french beans and carrots. Cover up the wok to allow the vegetables to cook.
  4. Pour in beaten egg white, seasoning and a little water to moisten the dish.
  5. When the egg whites turn hard. turn off heat.
  6. Transfer french beans dish to a plate and garnish with pork floss. Serve hot.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 peachy


peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 15, 2015:

@priscillaking thanks, yes we usually cook them, rarely eat raw

Priscilla King from Gate City, Virginia on December 15, 2015:

Thanks for sharing. I've eaten a few raw green beans almost every time I've cooked them, but knew there had to be some reason why people *do* cook them!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 27, 2015:

dear barbara, i must try growing my own french beans too. Thanks

Barbara Badder from USA on January 26, 2015:

We buy the French cut green beans whenever we can't get fresh. They are just regular green beans sliced thin and then canned. That is what they call them here. The reason we buy these is because most of the cans of regular cut green beans are what I would call overripe.

I much prefer to grow my own, but some years it just doesn't work out. One year I tried to grow the regular French green beans and the rabbit got them. Now I grow them in containers.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 31, 2014:


I understand that americans love raw greens in salads, asians prefer stir fry

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on December 30, 2014:

We have green beans incorporated into about 7 to 8 meals per week. We're not vegetarians (yet) but we are gluten free. We don't eat fried foods and we are working on going over to Stevia to eliminate raw sugar from diet. This was a very informative article. Thank you for the recipes which I can adapt to our diet preferences.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 16, 2012:


Thanks for coming by.

Pete from Gran Canaria on December 16, 2012:

I eat French beans very often (I am vegetarian). Its good to know that they are so high in nutrients. I didn´t know that you shouldn't eat them raw .. I am glad you wrote that´!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 31, 2012:

Glad that you like it.

RTalloni on May 13, 2011:

Interesting info. Thanks for the recipes, too.

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