Friday, July 29, 2011

First of the Haricot Vert

Joanne has been busy in the kitchen bottling the first of the Haricot Vert, we have had a superb crop this year with a second sowing already flowering. They are delicious, bursting with flavour and goodness, because of their rich green color, we don't always think about green beans as providing us with important amounts of colorful pigments like carotenoids. But they do! Recent studies have confirmed the presence of lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin in green beans. In some cases, the presence of these carotenoids in green beans is comparable to their presence in other carotenoid-rich vegetables like carrots and tomatoes. The only reason we don't see these carotenoids is because of the concentrated chlorophyll content of green beans and the amazing shades of green that it provides.

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