Green beans are the unripe, young fruit of various cultivars of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Immature or young pods of the runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus), yardlong bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis), and hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) are used in a similar way. Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans, string beans, snap beans, snaps, and the French name haricot vert. They are also known as Baguio beans in Philippine English, to distinguish them from yardlong beans. Other locals in the vegetable farming regions of the Philippines refer these as “habitchuelas”. It is commonly grown in the northern highlands of Benguet, Mountain Province and Nueva Vizcaya, and other mid-elevation areas in the country like Bukidnon, Quezon and Laguna.
French Round beans are smaller than common green beans and have soft and velvety pods. Quite fleshy and ’round’ for their size, only tiny seeds inhabit these delicate pods. The sweet, tender and wonderfully crispy taste and texture of these beans are used for a variety of scrumptious dishes.
French beans are very low in calories and so calorie-conscious individuals can consume these in good amounts. Additionally, these beans contain minimal amounts of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fats, which makes them the best natural aid for weight loss.