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Burning Question: Are Haricots Verts Just Green Beans?

Yes and no. While an "haricot vert" literally translates to "green bean," these French green beans (left) are typically longer and thinner than their American counterparts (right). Haricots verts are more tender than the average green bean, and are often used in salads and pickling recipes, where they are prized for their crispness. While both green beans belong to the same family, Fabaceae, they are different varietals. However, the two varieties can, for most practical purposes, be used interchangeably.

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bi11me bi11me 4 years
Specifically, haricot verts are green beans, typically particular varieties, that are harvested at an early stage of maturity than typical green beans. They should be thinner than a pencil, 5 or 6 inches long, and are usually more expensive because the yield per square foot for the grower is about one third of what regular-sized green beans (the size most of us are used to) would be. The flavor will be similar, but they will be smaller and more tender, but, properly cooked, still crisp. The advantage of haricot verts, aside from an elegant presentation, is that they can be small enough to serve and eat without the further process of cutting them into manageable sized pieces.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to always get annoyed when people would call them different things - but the truth is - yes they are different. i consider haricot verts 'baby green beans' now since they are smaller and thinner - more dainty i guess right?
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Oh, common, they're GREEN BEANS. I'm a foodie, I will be snobby whenever possible, but in this case, they're GREEN BEANS.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I had my first taste of haricots verts this weekend in a fancy dinner. I say, same thing as green beans. :P
xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
haha :) "haricots verts" actually does mean green beans, but those green beans are actually "fèves" in french :) Well thats what we called them when I was little.
Frika Frika 8 years
This is funny, I had Haricots Verts on the grocery list and my husband said "Why don't you just write green beans?" and we had a mini discussion about it. Just like this!!!
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