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

Runner Beans

How To Use Runner Beans

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 Runner Beans

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

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 Runner Beans

Keep refrigerated after purchase.

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