Green beans are eaten around the world, and are marketed canned, frozen, and fresh. Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles.
Many but not all bean pods contain a “string”, a hard fibrous strand running the length of the pod. This is often removed before cooking, or may be made edible by cutting the pod into short segments. The first “stringless” bean was bred in 1894 by Calvin Keeney, called the “father of the stringless bean.”