Ingen was introduced to Japan by Zen Master An
Ingen is a vegetable of the genus Ingen bean in the Mame family. Despite being a legume plant, it is harvested young and eaten before the inner bean develops. There are two types of pods, round and flattened, the most common green pods are round, about 20 cm long.
This is a vegetable that takes time and effort to remove streaks as a pre-treatment, but in recent years, stringed vegetables that can be eaten without removing streaks have been development and is attracting attention. In addition, it is a vegetable that has many new varieties such as bright yellow, purple green beans.
It is thought to originate from Central America and southern Mexico, and was previously used as a grain rather than how it is eaten. It is widely known that it was introduced to Europe in the 17th century and named this because it was brought to Japan by a Chinese priest, Ingen Zenshi, during the Edo period. It wasn’t until the Meiji period that it became as popular as a fruit and vegetable in Japan.
How to distinguish delicious green beans from fresh
Fresh, seedless green beans have a clear pea-shaped shape, with a firm shell, reaching to the top. If the martial arts are too thick, there are many streaks and many hard marks, you should choose a slightly thinner one.
The mung bean season is mainly in the summer from June to September, but in warm regions like Kagoshima and Okinawa prefectures, mung beans are vegetables that are marketed year round, such as shipped in winter.
Green beans contain a lot of nutrients but the most important one is vitamin K. Vitamin K is a nutrient that plays a very important role in keeping bones strong and blood clotting.
Carotene is also believed to have the function of keeping skin and mucous membranes normal. Since it contains a lot of fiber, it can promote bowel movements and lower cholesterol.
It also contains vitamin B1 for fatigue relief, iron for hematopoiesis and anemia, potassium that regulates sodium levels in the body and is believed to work to prevent hypertension.
How to store green beans
When storing green beans at home, put them in plastic wrap or plastic bags and store them in the refrigerator’s vegetable compartment so that they won’t get in the air. Although it is difficult to see the degeneration of the vegetables, the flavor and nutrients will halve even after half a day, so be sure to eat them as soon as possible.
When frozen, boil well before storing. When it comes to cooking, it comes in handy as it can be boiled or frozen without thawing, or added to soups.
Preliminary processing of green beans
The green beans have streaks, so you need to remove the seeds one by one before cooking. First, remove the dent and drag the streak to remove it. Sprinkle salt, roll on cutting board to mix salt, after boiling will be green. After boiling, you place the saucepan on a plate and cool it quickly with a fan to make it delicious.
It is advisable to boil it before cooking because when it is boiled or used for the butter sauce, it will not leave a green smell.
One point helps delicious green beans
When putting green beans in simmering If you want the beans to be green, you should fry them in oil and then simmer them. Cooking with oil increases the rate of carotene absorption, has the effect of regenerating the skin and mucous membranes. Of course, tempura is also recommended for cooking.
If you don’t like the signature crunchiness of green beans, you can cut it vertically or use tempura to remove the texture.
Ingen has different names depending on the region
Green beans can be confused with other legumes in some regions. In Kansai, “Fujimame”, supposedly brought by Zen master An Zen, is called “Ingenmame”, and since Ingen can be harvested three times a year, it is sometimes referred to as “Three passes”.
It has a thin and soft round sheath and measures around 13 to 15 cm.
It has a flat shape and large inner pea. It grows to 20 cm large. The thick and soft texture is very appealing.
Green, purple and yellow beans
It is a green bean about 15 cm long and changes color when boiled. Purple becomes dark blue and yellow becomes light yellow.
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Similar to mung beans, but they are 40 cm to 50 cm long.
A fine-textured dough perfect to color simmering dishes if fried and cooked. It is a highly nutritious vegetable with many beneficial effects on health. If you don’t want to get rid of the streaks, why not try the wireless varieties.