There are many types of beans such as round, flat, yellow and borlotti. The beans will come on in stages and first variety he’ll have available (for this week) is flat beans. Beans have significant amounts of fibre and soluble fibre. Soluble fibre can help lower blood cholesterol. Beans are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron. Beans are protein packed energy capsules with a nutritional food value that can improve a person's health in many ways. Fresh green beans are very low in calories and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, the lean vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients. They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamine (vitamin B-1), and vitamin-C. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. In addition, beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Manganese is a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Also known as French beans, green beans are the most common kind of bean. Over time, their undesirable characteristics such as strings and toughness have been bred out, resulting in the crisp and tender green beans we can enjoy today. Green beans are good steamed, boiled or stir-fried. Add them to salads, vegetable dishes, soups, casseroles or stir-fries. Borlotti beans are off-white beans with red markings. Fresh, they come in large beige and red pods with colours that resemble the dried beans. The shell is inedible, but the borlotti beans inside are a culinary treat. Nutty in flavour with a creamy texture, borlotti are popular in Italian and Portuguese cuisine When cooked the beans will lose some of their bright markings and turn a light brown colour. Their meaty, chestnut flavour makes borlotti a wonderful main dish and a perfect side dish. Flat beans are similar to the well-known runner bean. They are flat, stringless green beans with a smooth skin. Flat beans are served cooked as an accompaniment to a variety of main courses including fish, chicken, pork and lamb. To serve, toss in butter and freshly ground black pepper or flavoured olive oil. Wash and top & tail the beans and chop into even-sized pieces or slice into ribbons before cooking. They may be steamed or boiled.


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