File under: “Things you think of while harvesting wax beans”.
Why ARE wax beans called wax beans? They don’t taste waxy, and to the best of my knowledge do not have wax in them. After a bit of research I am still at a loss as to the origin of the name. The standard definition states that wax beans are a yellow version of a string bean that is also known as a butter bean. If green beans are green beans, why aren’t wax beans called yellow beans? Curious, eh?
Regardless of their name, wax beans are very tasty and nutritious. I find the wax beans to be a little sweeter in taste than their green counterparts and are my favorite type of string beans. Nutritionally, wax beans are a low calorie source of dietary fiber, iron, manganese and Vitamin C. Wax beans can be enjoyed raw, boiled, roasted or sauteed.
Here is a super simple recipe for roasted wax beans that you will want to try this weekend.
Oven Roasted Wax Beans
- 1 lb. wax beans (ends trimmed)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Lemon juice (to taste)
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- a handful of roasted peanuts
- Finely chopped fresh ginger (to taste)
Roast the beans with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme at about 400 –
425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until browning. Remove and add fresh
ginger, peanuts and lemon juice. Toss to coat.
In addition to wax beans, we will be bringing the following items to market:
Baby Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Rainbow Lacinato Kale
Kim’s Custom Salad Mix
Shunkyo Semi-Long Radishes
Medicinal and Culinary Herbs and Teas
and of course…Beautiful Flowers!!!
See you at the market!