Green beans are strings of beans in their pods. The pod is long, green (but can be purple or yellow), and stiff with tiny hairs and a seam down the middle. China grows eighty percent of the world’s green beans!
Avoid any beans that are brownish or differently colored than the rest. Good, fresh beans are bright, and the skin is smooth and waxen. You should be able to snap one in half. Store them in the crisper to retain moisture.
Rinse and trim the ends. Green beans can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, or stir-fried, or baked in a casserole. Wrap the beans in a foil with garlic, salt, and butter.