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Guten Tag June 19, 2012 !

Some German Music donated by
Leah Knockturnal Smith

Several Ways to do
Grüner Bohnensalat

Fresh Green Bean Salad

2 or 3 (Bean) Bohnensalat

Bohnensalat withSlivered Almonds and Radish

German Potato Salad with Green Beans

So How did the Green Bean get to Germany?

It would seem that Grüner Bohnen, green beans or sometimes called string beans would have been everywhere quickly in the man's quest for food. They seem to grow in a variety of climates. However they were considered a pretty flowering plant for years.

Green Beans or String Beans (because of the string that use to go down the back) are originally from South America, or Mexico in that region where we also got squash, potatoes and tomatoes.

The Spanish brought them over to Europe . Now the dried seeds of what became known as Lima Beans or as some call them Butter Beans were shipped to Europe in boxes that were labeled from Lima , Peru . Hence the name. Green Beans were brought over for ornamental flowering plants, because the pods were too tough to eat.

Legend has it that some of the pods fell into a soup pot once and accidentally cooked till tender and were discovered to be delicious! Then the new delicacy spread across Europe including Germany. Well not sure if that is exactly how it happened. Through selective breeding green bean plants with pods that are nice and tender were developed, and the strings were also bred out in most varieties.

In the States you hear about 3 bean salad but not so much just green bean salad. When I saw German recipes for Grüner Bohnensalat (Green Bean salad) I took notice. I LOVE fresh green beans. So I have looked at a lot of recipes and found that there are a lot of variations.

One thing is that when chatting with Anette Holmes who grew up in Germany, that they don't use sugar or any sweeter in their green bean salads. . I played with this a little because I always use a bit of sugar, honey or agave in my salad dressings. I found that if you just cook the green beans, strain and then toss them in a bowl with olive oil, a touch of "not too strong" vinegar and some seasoning. It's wonderful, no sugar needed. the dressing is just kind of barely there.

However I wanted to duplicate and improve on the 3 bean salad that I grew up with and is still a favorite side dish with our family that is sweetened slightly. I think you will like it.

Grüner Bohnensalat

Here it is with 2 beans,

Here it is with 3 beans

Go Here for the recipe for 3 Bean Salad

Grüner Bohnensalat with Almonds and Radish slices for Garnish.

Here I just added the beans to the Hot German Potato Salad

Recipe for Hot German Potato Salad


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Music this week from Leah Knockturnal Smith


In den Tiroler Bergen Mit Andreas As
chaber (Auner Andi) aus Westendorf Tirol



Geschwister Niederbacher - Ein Lied für Mama - Grand Prix der Volksmusik 2010




Oesch's die Dritten - Jodeltime



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