Season: June to October
Description: Wax beans provide vitamin A and C, which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Wax beans also provide potassium, vitamin K, magnesium and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, vitamin K and magnesium help build and maintain strong bones, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.
Selection: Choose beans with a vivid color, velvety feel and firm texture. When broken they should snap crisply. Do not buy beans that are limp, oversized, split, or have rust spots or scars. If the seeds are bulging inside the pod, they are too mature.
Storing: In a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. They will stay fresh 3 to 5 days.