Green beans are in season and at their best in the summer and autumn months, although you can buy them all year round.

Also known as french beans, green beans are packed with nutritional benefits. They are a great source of fibre – which is helpful in regulating your digestive system. They are also high in Vitamin A which keeps your immune system running well and helps maintain healthy skin.

Green beans are a crunchy and colourful addition to any meal, and so here’s a quick and delicious recipe.

How to cook green beans?

Add green beans to boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes. To keep green beans a wonderful bright green, put them into iced water until they are ready to serve.

Recipe for green beans


  • 500g of pumpkin cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Handful of rosemary
  • 180g of fried haloumi
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 250G of cooked green beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Toss the cubed pumpkin with the olive oil and rosemary and roast in the oven. Slice and fry the haloumi in a pan with juice from the lemon and garlic. Combine the crunch green beans with all the other ingredients in a salad bowl and mix.  Add salt and pepper to taste

Fun Fact

Green beans are slightly toxic – cooking them breaks down the toxins and renders them safe to eat.

Last Reviewed: 24/02/2021

Your Doctor. Dr Michael Jones, Medical Editor.

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