Green beans are edible fresh green pods available in many varieties. They are at their peak season in summer. The small tender variety known as Blue Lake are particularly prized. Another variety is the small delicate French bean, or haricot vert.
To trim green beans:
Slice off the stems and tips with a paring knife. If desired, cut or break the beans in half.For other bean varieties, see adzuki, borlotti, cannellini, cranberry, fava, flageolet, Great Northern, Italian green, kidney, lima, pinto, red, white (navy), and yellow wax beans and chickpeas, green lentils, and lentils.