Every weekend during the summer, if we are lucky, there will be a good supply of wax beans at the farmers market.
These golden yellow (and sometimes purple) versions of green beans are harvested young, and are sweet and tender.
Here is a simple way to prepare them, with the subtle flavor of a mint infusion.
What are Yellow Wax Beans?
Wax beans, also known as yellow wax beans, are very similar to green beans, except that since wax beans don't contain chlorophyll they're not green in color like green beans. Wax beans also can have a purple hue, known as purple beans. Since wax beans, green beans, and purple beans taste alike you can use them pretty interchangeably in dishes.
How To Store and Prep Wax Beans
Store wax beans, unwashed, in your refrigerator's crisper for 3 to 5 days. When you're ready to use the beans, rinse them under cool running water, and trim the stem ends.
Try These Green Bean Recipes!
- Green Beans With Bacon
- Green Beans With Almond and Thyme
- Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
- Green Beans With Balsamic, Basil, and Parmesan
- French Green Beans With Butter and Herbs
Wax Beans With Mint
8 ounces wax beans
Several mint leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Infuse the olive oil with mint:
A little bit ahead of time, crush a few mint leaves (reserve some for garnish) with a mortar and pestle. Put the crushed mint leaves into a small jar and add a couple tablespoons of high quality olive oil to cover.
Let sit for at least an hour if you can. The longer the mint is in the olive oil, the better the infusion.
Prep the wax beans:
Prepare the beans by cutting off and discarding the tips and ends. Snap the beans in half, if necessary, to have pieces about 2 inches in length.
Steam the beans:
Bring an inch of water in a saucepan to a boil. Place the beans in a steamer basket in the saucepan. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Check for doneness after about 8 minutes or so. If a fork easily goes through them, they're done.
Drizzle with the infused oil:
Remove beans from pan and place them into a serving bowl. Use a strainer to drizzle the mint-infused olive oil over the beans.
Sprinkle with salt:
Sprinkle salt over the beans to taste. (Fleur de sel would work really well with this dish.)
Chop up a few more mint leaves to add as garnish.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||28%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|