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The Instacart guide to purple wax beans


About purple wax beans

Purple wax beans are a string bean variety similar to the green beans that you're probably already familiar with. As the name suggests, these beans have a rich purple color on the outside of the bean pod. Inside, the beans range from green to coppery red. Purple wax beans are typically between 4 and 6 inches in length. These beans first developed in the Nantes region of France.

Purple wax beans are typically harvested in spring when they're still young. This contributes to their crisp, tender texture and sweet flavor. You can also find some fresh purple wax beans in the summer months. Purple wax beans are a lot like green beans with a slightly lighter, grassier flavor. If you're looking for a fresh, sweet bean pod that's delicious without any preparation, purple wax beans are an easy addition to the menu.

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FAQs About Purple Wax Beans

Yes, purple wax beans are only purple when raw. As you cook them, they will turn green. Purple wax beans get their color from water-soluble pigments known as anthocyanins. If you're growing purple wax beans, you'll find that they appear more reddish when grown in acidic soil and more blue in alkaline soil conditions. 

When anthocyanins are exposed to heat or light, they begin to break down. Therefore, if you boil your purple wax beans, the anthocyanins will leach out into the water, leaving it with a blue or purple tinge. The beans are left with only the chlorophyll which gives them a green hue once the purple anthocyanins are gone. 

If you want your beans to stay purple, you should eat them raw or cook them as quickly as possible, by tossing them on the grill for a few moments, blanching them briefly, or adding them to a prepared dish at the very end so they just have time to get warm. You can also help retain some of the color in the beans by increasing their acidity with a soak in vinegar or lemon juice. However, this will impact the flavor so you'll want to use this only with dishes that need a tangy twist.

You can easily order the purple wax beans and other produce that you need online through Instacart. Simply use the Instacart webpage or Instacart app and browse the produce selection available at local stores. You can have your order delivered to the door the same day!
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