The Basics: Rattlesnake Beans

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The Technique

Rattlesnake Beans

There are so many fresh ways to enjoy a classic heirloom pole bean. Rattlesnake beans are named as such for the manner in which they coil around the plant during growth & may measure up to 8-inches in length when ready to pick. The fresh beans display signature purple stripes that disappear when cooked. When growing rattlesnake beans, the seeds have been known to germinate in as little as 4 days if soil conditions are nice & warm with harvest in about 60 to 70 days. Rattlesnake beans should be picked every few days in order to keep the vines producing vegetables all season long. Learn how to blanch rattlesnake beans for use in many recipe applications.

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makes 4 servings

5 cups water
1 tsp kosher salt 
1/2 lbs fresh rattlesnake beans, snapped & strings removed

Bring the water & the salt to a boil over Medium-High heat in a 4-quart sauté pan with 3-inch sides. Add the rattlesnake beans & cook  5 to 6 minutes or until just tender. Remove the beans quickly using tongs & immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain. Cut the beans into 2-inch pieces. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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How To Prepare Rattlesnake Beans For Cooking

Rattlesnake beans may be stored in a loosely closed plastic bag up to one week in the refrigerator before use. When healthy & wholesome meals are desired, blanch approximately 8-ounces at a time then hold them in the refrigerator up to 2 days for use over salads & cold recipe applications. Once cooked, the vibrant green color looks beautiful on the plate & offers sound nutritional value as they’re excellent sources of fiber & vitamin C plus the beans are low in calories & carbohydrates. 

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 Pole beans have some of the toughest strings that should be removed in order to achieve the optimum texture. Snap approximately 1/3-inch away from the vine portion on each bean & allow the strings to naturally release from the side. Repeat this procedure with each bean & discard the small tips & strings. Cook the rattlesnake beans according to specific recipe applications. 

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