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When Are Green Beans in Season?

By Tricia Kucinski

March 29, 2024

While some people have an aversion to their daily greens, the green bean deserves some respect on its name. Team Fetch admits these magic beans should be enjoyed in their prime, therefore we have the ultimate guide on when green beans are in season, how to store them, how to cook them, and more!

Green beans are in season from late spring through early fall, typically from May through October. Not surprisingly, prices on green beans are usually at their lowest when they are out of season, so winter and early spring are the best times to buy for cost-conscious shoppers.

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String Beans vs. Green Beans: What’s the Difference?

Fun fact: String beans and green beans are one and the same! The “string” in the bean is a reference to green beans of the past, which had a fibrous string running down the length of the pod. They were eliminated in the 19th century, thanks to meticulous breeding. 

Where Do Green Beans Grow?

Green beans can grow in almost any soil, therefore they are grown in many states. The top-producing states in the U.S. are New York, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Information about green bean season in the US

Do Green Beans Grow on Trees?

Contrary to popular belief, green beans do not grow on trees. They grow on low bushes, and sometimes grow upward on vines which are typically supported by a pole structure.

How Long Do Green Beans Last?

Unwashed and unblanched green beans last up to seven days in the refrigerator. After that, they should be transferred to the freezer to extend their freshness.

How to Pick Green Beans at the Grocery Store

Off the bat, avoid green beans that are limp or have tough skin, and try to buy during peak season. When gauging a good green bean, look for ones that are tender, stiff but flexible, and have a good snap when broken.

Signs of ripe green beans

How to Wash Green Beans

Washing store-bought green beans is as easy as rinsing under cool water in a colander, and rubbing away residue or impurities with your fingers. Finish by patting dry with a paper towel. Garden-picked green beans should be soaked for a few minutes before rinsing and rubbing away any remaining residue.

How to Store Green Beans to Make Them Last Longer

Keep fresh, unwashed green beans in a reusable container or storage bag, and store in a vegetable crisper drawer or section of your refrigerator for up to seven days.

Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?

Any preparation method of green beans is safe for dogs to eat, so long as they are plain. They are actually healthy and beloved by our canine friends.

Can Cats Eat Green Beans?

If there’s one thing cats and dogs have in common, it’s that they both typically enjoy green beans. Cats can also eat green beans safely, just skip the salt, additives, or canned options.

Tips on how to store green beans

How to Cook Green Beans

There’s more than one way to skin a cat – er, cook a green bean. We’re partial to other cooking methods besides plain and boiled. Follow these tips for our some of our favorite methods:

How to Blanch Green Beans

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water and a tablespoon of salt to boil in a large pot. Prepare a bowl of ice water next to your pot. 
  2. Once boiling, add your green beans and boil 3-5 minutes until tender-crisp. 
  3. Transfer to the ice bath until they are completely cooled (and the cooking process is halted). Drain well and pat dry.

How to Steam Green Beans

  1. Gather a steam basket and a pot similar in size. Add 1-2 inches of water to the pot.
  2. Add washed and trimmed green beans to the steamer basket inside the pot. 
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium, cover, and steam for 5-7 minutes or until desired “doneness” is reached. 

How to Cook Green Beans in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss washed and dried green beans in cooking oil of choice, and spread evenly on a cooking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp-tender and caramelized.

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Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists


Tricia Kucinski

Tricia Kucinski is an author of literary fiction, and bops around the digital marketing sphere. She has written everything from the great Native American novel, to recipe blogs, under the discerning eye of her Sphynx cat, Peach.