The Romano Bean

romano beanmdThe air around these parts is hot and that means good things for all you fans of green beans (that are also available in yellow and purple). But it’s not just the typical green beans that we’re urging you to try, though you can’t go wrong with them if you do. It’s this – the Romano bean – that proves to be a great substitute for its green bean counterpart in the kitchen.

We asked Roslyn of Rabbit Fields Farm what she though was different about Romano beans. She says that they are sweeter and slightly meatier. She sautés them in a pan and adds some wine vinegar at the end to help it keep its bright green color and add a flavorful acidic note. To finish, she grates carrots or beets over it to make it into a heartier meal. You can also cook them on the grill, add them to soups or stews. They don’t turn mushy very easily making them a great addition to dishes that might have a longer cooking time.

These Romano beans are a good source of protein, dietary fiber and folates. Don’t forget to look for all the other varieties of beans sold by all our produce vendors at the the Friday Farmers Market Everett Mall or Everett Farmer’s Market on Sunday.

Edlyn G D’Souza is a writer and the more she says that, the truer it becomes. She has her roots in Goa and Mumbai in India, where she worked as a journalist for 5 years. She now lives in Washington where she writes in her blog, draws cat stuff, never tires of seeing Mt Rainier and dreams about changing the world through her stories.