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Runner beans

Long, flat green beans that have a coarse textured skin. More mature beans may have a fibrous string running down each side.

How to Use

Runner beans are served cooked, usually as an accompaniment to meat or fish dishes. To serve, toss in butter and a little lemon zest or stir in 1 tbsp pine nuts and a drizzle of oil from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes.

How to Prepare

Wash and top and tail the beans and if necessary remove the string from the side of the bean using a small, sharp knife. Chop the beans into even-sized diamond pieces or slice into ribbons before cooking.

How to Cook

Runner beans can be boiled or steamed. To boil, bring a pan of water to the boil, add the prepared beans and cook for 5 10 minutes or until just tender but still crisp. To steam, place the beans in a steamer and cook for 8-12 minutes or until just tender but still crisp.

How to Store

Keep refrigerated after purchase.