Adding to our healthy daily portions of boiled vegetables dressed with extra virgin olive oil, our grandmothers managed to add some ham for us to eat with more passion. When trendy nouveau cuisine arrived, everyone learned to steam the vegetables and serve them in cold salads with a good dressing or with a generous slice of ham.
Brought from America shortly after the Europeans arrived, at a time when social networks consisted of litteral word of mouth, green beans took names and shapes according to the hobbies and habits of each place. Everyone grew the beans in their own way and called them any name they wanted. So tender bean pods, first named green beans upon arrival, later became known by an infinite number of varied names: green beans, pods, French beans or string beans.