Black Turtle Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are related to the Kidney Bean. Black Turtle Beans are also known as Black Beans. Turtle Beans are small, kidney shaped with a slight rectangular look. These beans are black, shiny and have a slight mushroom flavor. Black Beans hold their shape when cooked and absorb flavors well. Native to South America, Black Turtle Beans are an important ingredient in Brazilian and Cuban dishes.
Black Turtle Beans have a deep flavor which works well in soups, such as Cuban Black Bean soup. They are also good in frijoles refritos, and chili. Cooked in a savory broth, Black Beans can stand alone with a dish of rice.
Soak overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 minutes until tender. One cup dry yields 2-1/4 cups cooked. salt the water to your desired liking.