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Are Green Beans With Brown Spots Safe To Eat?
Your fresh green beans might develop brown spots on the surface by the time you're ready to cook them. CookingLight assures that green beans displaying "a few brown spots here and there" are indeed safe to eat, although the discoloration suggests that the product isn’t at its freshest state any longer — and will be spoilt in near future.
Per Eat By Date, older green beans that are in the process of spoiling appear “limp and dry” with a “tough and rubbery” texture, with less likelihood to snap — as a fresh green bean should — when bent in half. If the pod feel wet or slimy, it means they're starting to “decompose”, and need to be thrown away.
US San Diego’s School of Medicine recommends looking for green beans that are "slender" and "firm" with a "bright green color." Storing fresh green beans in a “breathable bag” in the crisper of your fridge maximizes their lifespan, keeping them fresh for up to seven days.