Canned and Frozen Green and Wax Beans
Called string beans before the development of string-less varieties, or snap beans, pole beans, or bush beans when they are fresh, the canned and frozen products are usually known as green beans and wax beans. Wax beans are so called because of their waxy yellow color. There is little difference in nutritional value of the two types of beans, but green beans are better known. “Blue Lake,” a popular variety of green beans used for canning and freezing, is often named on the can or package. Italian or “Romano” green beans are large flat beans.
Styles of both frozen and canned green and wax beans are: whole, French-style, cut, and a mixture of cuts of various lengths. Whole-style beans are sometimes packed vertically in cans. When beans are of about the same length and packed vertically, they may be labeled “whole asparagus style.” Beans sliced lengthwise are labeled “French-style,” “julienne,” or “shoestring.” Beans labeled “cuts” or “short cuts” are sliced crosswise. Beans cut diagonally are sometimes called “kitchen cuts” or “home cuts.”