Raw beans safe to eat?

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Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby Bill O » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:53 pm

I know that scarlet runners and kidney beans are toxic to eat when raw, but I was a bit taken aback to realise that lots of people consider even the ordinary green bean varieties toxic as well (although less so).

Since I've eaten them many times without ill effect, and the oracle of the internet (which is always right :wink: ) itself seems unclear on it, I was wondering what everyone here thought?

I can grows green beans like you wouldnt believe, but I like to eat them raw. It would be a shame to have to cook them... I'd need to find something else as my staple crop.
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Re: Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby Pam » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:36 am

I'd be devastated if I came accross a definitive source that said you couldn't, Bill, as it's the best way to eat them. I can't see why tender young beans would be any different to peas, and they're both very yummy straight from the garden.
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Re: Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby karyn » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:59 am

I've never heard that they're bad and I often graze the vegie garden for a meal instead of cooking it! I also love raw corn straight from the stalk and eaten standing in the corn patch...
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Re: Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby tam » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:04 am

When my kids were small carrots, peas & corn never made it to the cooking pot.
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Re: Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby Bill O » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:56 pm

ok - since we're all still alive, I'd say they do more good than harm. Thanks guys
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Re: Raw beans safe to eat?

Postby Sam » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:05 pm

You mean you can cook peas and beans?
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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