Shell-less, peeled, blanched and quick freeze, fava beans are a popular ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine for salad, tartars, hummus and vegetarian dish.
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.
This climbing plant – one of Britain’s favorite green beans – was brought to the British Isles in the 17th century for decorative use because of its beautiful flowers. The Sweet White Runner Bean has a long, green bean-type pod that holds white-streaked beige, medium-size seeds. Young runners may be prepared in any way suitable for green beans. In the U.S. markets consumers are more likely to find the shelled dried beans, which can be cooked like Pinto or Pink beans and used in dishes such as soups and stews. Sweet White Runner Beans are off-white. The bean is about 1/2 inches in length.
Flageolet Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are immature kidney beans that have been removed from the pod while very young. This bean originated in the United States, but was brought to France where they are cultivated and are more commonly used. Flageolets are about 3/8 inch long and range from pale pastel green to pale ocher to white. Flageolet Beans have a delicately tender texture with a light and fresh taste. Place beans in a pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain. Return to pot and cover with fresh water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain. One cup dry yields 2 1/4 cups cooked.
Garbanzo Beans (Cicer arietinum) are small, hard, knobby, beige beans about 3/8 inch round. The nutty flavor and firm texture of the Garbanzo Bean makes it very versatile. Also known as chick peas, Ceci, cici, cheechee, Pois Chiche, Gran, Kabuli, Channa, or Safaid Beans. Garbanzo are found often in Indian and Mediterranean dishes. They are high in fat content and are a good source of calcium, the B Vitamins, protein and iron. Ground Garbanzo Beans are used to make fritters, dumplings and spicy breads. Ground Garbanzo Beans are also referred to as Cici Flour or Chick Pea Flour. Garbanzos are believed to have come from Mesopotamia and were first cultivated about 5000 BCE.
The traditional Valencia rice, round short grain ‘Paella Rice’from Valencia (used to make paella). It is characterized by its great capacity of absorption and the creamy texture of the grain after being cooked. A perfect choice for typical Mediterranean dishes as rissoto, rice dishes.