CBI Product Factsheet: Fresh Beans and Pulses in Germany

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Beans and pulses form an important part of the German diet. You can add value to your products by differentiating them in the market, for example through storytelling and employing best-practice social and environmental practices. The best time to target the German market is in the long off-season (in Europe this is October-June). 

Beans: Bobby beans and fine beans are two varieties of Phaseolus vulgaris. Fine beans (Haricots verts, French for "green beans") are a variety of green beans which are longer, thinner, crisper, and more tender than regular green beans.

Pulses / peas: Snow pea (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) is a legume, more specifically a variety of pea eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. Sugar nap pea (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon) is a cultivar group of edible-podded peas that differ from snow peas in that their pods are round as opposed to flat. The name mangetout (French for ‘eat all’) can apply both to sugar snap peas and snow peas. 

Jos Leeters
CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs