TJ’s FRENCH GREEN BEANS (Haricots Verts)


UPDATE! SUMMER 2019 – out of stock all year, this product has finally is back in stores !

 (Updated, Nov 2019) This product is in stores!

RAVE

These can easily be on any Trader Joe’s Top 10 List.

Easily best “first try” of a TJ product in a while, I was quite impressed with the quality of these frozen green beans. These are are extremely high quality French Haricots Verts (“green beans”). They are “IMPORTED FROM FRANCE”. These Haricot Verts are the real McCoy and a super bargain. 

French “Haricot Verts” are better and higher quality bean than our usual standard green beans. Haricots Verts are a skinnier French green bean variety, thinner and more tender than our regular US green beans.. These are the expensive-ass skinny green beans you get next to that $35 entree you ordered when you go to an expensive restaurant. When I see fresh HARICOTS VERTS, imported from France, at a top green grocer like Fairway for example, which does carry them, they are always quite expensive, something like $8-10 per lb? As opposed to $2/lb for our “normal” fresh green beans. I always think ‘who can afford to buy these 12 bucks a pound green beans?! They must have money to burn.’ Well now thanks to Trader Joe’s great buying skills, all of us non-Rockefeller normal folks can afford to buy these wonderful French green beans, just they’ve come flash frozen.

TJ’s sells a package of the frozen HARICOT VERTS in a 24 oz bag. (1.5 lbs) for $1.99! Do the math, thats comes out to about $1.50/lb so thats about the same price or LESS, than I might buy regular fresh green beans (a price check followup in April 2012 show this is still the same price!) 

These are those same wonderful thin, french haricots verts, all prepped and ready to use, which have been flash frozen. Dark, nice green color. Blanched for a few seconds prior to being flash frozen. Certainly easy to use: they are all prepped (tip and tailed) which you would spend time doing with fresh beans. This is a big time saver as prepping beans is the one thing I don’t like about when I buy fresh green beans, they take a bit of work to tip and tail a pound of beans. These come trimmed and cut into bite size lengths, ready to use. Handy. To cook, throw them in boiling salted water.

Or you can also just toss the beans into a hot sauté pan with some butter and oil (and garlic?) Cook either way for only 1-2 mins till just tender. Don’t overcook these! You can easily ruin them. With a bit of minced garlic and butter you have a nice French side dish of haricots verts, ready in minutes. Salads? Yes! I threw them into a salad after boiling them for about 45-60 seconds, dumping them in a colander and running cold water to cool them, and they were really good tossed with some good Virgin Olive Oil and White Balsamic vinegar…Delicious. Toss in some diced hard boiled eggs, and parsley, and you have a nice “salade composé”. I also use these a lot by just adding them to any dish I’m making, generally breaking them in half first as I add them to stews, soups, etc…..

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haricots verts cocoCategory:Green beans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To sell at this price, I can only imagine these are one of those items TJ’s makes a huge deal with the farmer or vendors. TJ’s purchases in such huge quantities directly from the vendor and they say pays in cash for the next crop and thats how TJ’s makes deals so they can sell products at such bargains (case in point is Olive Oil, right? They buy HUGE massive quantities from vendors all over the world)

Anyway TJ’s FRENCH GREEN BEANS (Haricots Verts) are my new favorite vegetable, and are now on my “always these have on hand” Trader Joe’s List. I now always buy a package to have in my freezer at all times. Right next to TJ’s Frozen Peas and Frozen Edamame, also all staples in my house.  These are very versatile things to have on hand at all times. Try them, you won’t be sorry.

RECIPEHaricots Verts With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

(If you make this remember the recipe assumes using fresh haricots verts so adjust the cooking time down)

Have you tried this product?  Let me know what you think in the comments section!

NOTE: THIS WAS M.I.A FOR SOME TIME AS NOTED BY MANY READERS. I INQUIRED ABOUT IT WITH THE CAPTAIN AT MY LOCAL TJ (NYC) WHO TOLD ME THE PRODUCT WAS NOT DISCONTINUED, THEY RAN OUT OF IT, AND HADNT BEEN AVAILABLE FROM THE SUPPLIER. HE TOLD ME THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE NEXT HARVEST AND SHIPMENT TO COME IT. IT SHOULD AGAIN BE AVAILABLE IN JUNE (2019) – As of July 2019, I still don’t see it

AUGUST 2019 – I think I found it again finally!!  Package looks different (white bag instead of clear) and instead of “Trader Joe’s” label says “DU JARDIN” but seems to be the Haricot Verts “extra fine green beans” “Product of France”…. so this must be it?…Except now bag is 16 oz instead of 24 oz and its $1.99. So price went up. Of course.

UPDATE2 (SEPT 2019) This product (original package) is back in the stores!

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 12:02:43

    Oh Yes, these are fabulous! Best ever Haricots Verts I’ve tried, better than fresh !

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  2. Lan Calbert
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:49:18

    Olive oil is great for any recipe but it is also a good source of phytochemicals and vitamins.

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  3. Waldo Gilberti
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 05:04:54

    Monounsaturated fatty acids are found in high amounts in nuts and oils, such as olive oil and vegetable oil. They can also be found in meat and dairy products. Although monounsaturated fats are present in a wide variety of foods, olive oil is perhaps the most acclaimed source of these beneficial fats

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  4. juuggernaut
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 00:55:19

    In Germany green beans of any quality are often cooked with fresh or dried “Bohnenkraut” – savory/ winter savory along with cubed bacon and finely diced onions, and butter.

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  5. Marie Johnson
    Jul 02, 2017 @ 00:42:51

    I need to know how many bags would feed 150 people as a side dish

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    • promacnyc
      Jul 02, 2017 @ 16:37:56

      1.5 lbs per bag (24 oz) Figure out whats your portion size per person… I think at least 4-6 portions per bag for a side. 30 bags to be safe?

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    • Shar'ron Johnson-Wilkins
      Jun 27, 2019 @ 22:04:15

      There are my favorite green beans. Trader Joe’s has been out of them since Dec. 2018. I’m in Antioch, CA. I miss these greens beans
      Do anyone know where I can get some???
      I’ll pay for shipping.

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      • Shar'ron Johnson-Wilkins
        Jun 27, 2019 @ 22:08:11

        (They)

        Feeds 7-8 ppl per bag. I include fresh veggies. My dish is a # one hit where I live.

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      • promacnyc
        Aug 17, 2019 @ 19:32:32

        Check the update on this. They seem to be back with a new “look” and smaller package size. But they’re still good!

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  6. Deb
    Mar 03, 2019 @ 23:03:27

    I absolutely love these! In Texas the 24 oz bag is $1.69! I buy about 4 bags at a time. Out until June 2019 as they are waiting on product in the field! Yikes! I am down to 1 bag! Try them when you can!

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  7. Dominique Haudy
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 16:08:17

    Why has Tj stopped selling not only tbe french frozen haricots vert but also the frozen petit pois

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  8. Dominique Haudy
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 16:08:18

    Why has Tj stopped selling not only tbe french frozen haricots vert but also the frozen petit pois

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  9. Marianna Marianno
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 18:26:17

    I can not find the french cut green beans…Please bring them back…

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  10. Tinman
    Sep 15, 2019 @ 13:16:36

    They are back! I stopped in my local TJ’s today in Ventura,Ca. Same 24 oz bag. Still $1.99.

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  11. mbdavidson207
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 13:40:07

    I love these. They’re good alone, with butter, maybe a little lemon, or those fried battered onions. Make some spaetzle (noodle dumplings) and add bacon and they fill the hole left when Birds Eye stopped making theirs.

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