Blackberry String Beans

The tang of blackberries plus the crunch of green beans combines the best of early summer into a single, devourable dish. Recipe and Photo by Sarah O’Toole of Cooking with CSA.


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1⁄4 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. While water boils fill up a large bowl with ice water.
  3. Place green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes submerge beans into ice water for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain beans and place back in large bowl.
  6. Add blackberries to large bowl along with maple syrup and lemon zest.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Roughly chop walnuts, and place on top of beans and blackberries.
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