We grow several french bean sorts in the garden, 2 of them are comming in to season.  The middle one are common dutch “sperciebonen”, the left ones are a type that we bought in France last year. They are much thinner and have a black pattern on them. On the right, the last snap beans of the season. In probably  2-3 weeks the butter beans are going to be ready, butterbeans are more or less the same shape but yellow, buttercolour.

French Beans

French beans are eaten just like this, boiled in a pan with plenty of water and a bit of salt. In Dutch they are called “spercieboon” which comes from “aspergieboon” or aspergus-bean because they are served with molten butter and nutmeg, like asparagus.