Also known as helda beans, flat beans are similar to the well-known runner bean. They are flat, stringless green beans with a smooth skin.
How to Use
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.
How to Prepare
Wash and top and tail the beans and chop into into even-sized pieces or slice into ribbons before cooking.
How to Cook
Flat 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 (do not overcook as they will turn an unattractive khaki colour and go soggy). 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.