Let’s get beanie with it! In its original form, this 8,000-year-old crop was once an integral part of any small garden, and is still grown across Luxembourg in its many different varieties and forms. Beans usually sprout in the open during the midsummer season because these plants require a high soil temperature for germination.
While beans were often preserved in jars in the past, today you can opt for freezing as a better and healthier option. Several varieties of these freshly harvested beans can be bought at the weekly farmer’s market in Luxembourg.
Niki Kirsch, chairman of the “Lëtzebuerger Maarteverband”, shares his tips on how to get the most out of beans: “Don’t blanch the beans as this process destroys many essential minerals and vitamins”. Importantly, beans shouldn’t be consumed raw … but could be sautéed with diced bacon and onions, or roasted together with tomatoes. Creatively combine cooked beans as part of a bean salad.
Visit the weekly farmer’s market to find beans as well as many other “market-Good Ideas”!