Haricots vert are longer and thinner than French bean varieties we grew up with and tend to be more tender and have a more robust flavor.
Stringless and slender green beans are especially tender and have a well developed bean taste. Haricots verts are green beans with a French flair.
Haricots vert are not the same as immature French beans. They have a full green bean flavor early in their development and are tender at a thin size. American green beans, on the other hand, are much thicker.
Snip then ends and blanch in boiling water for 6 minutes, remove and dress with dressing of your choice. Also great as a Chinese stir fry with oyster sauce. Or steam them and top with sea salt or chill the cooked beans and toss them in a salad. You don't need a recipe to deliver an impressive side dish when you use Haricot Vert.