My husband wrote an article recently about using beans instead of oil. Well that got me to thinking about beans and how healthy they are. Needless to say there are many people out there that can’t handle beans for one reason or another. But maybe with the variety of beans out there you can find one that you would like.
Last year if you remember I took a trip to a bean warehouse, you’re going, right a bean warehouse. Well, my friend and I traveled some distance to a small town over a bridge and thru farm lands and finally we find one large warehouse next to a river in the middle of no where. I heard about this place from someone we were talking to somewhere. We get a lot of information this way; my husband can talk the wallpaper off a wall.
Any ways here is a list of beans I found out there for our eating pleasure. I have tried the cranberry bean and the canario bean and I just made a batch of canario beans with the ham bone I saved from Thanksgiving.
Here’s a list of other beans the warehouse has:
- Canario bean kidney shaped cream colored
- Cranberry bean kidney shaped beige colored with little red lines
- Baby lima Beans
- Dark Red kidney bean
- Light Red kidney bean
- Blackeye beans
- Jackson Wonder beans (not sure what they look like)
- Black beans
- White beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Pinto beans
There are a lot more varieties out there I’m sure, but these are the most popular ones we use. Some restaurants have salad bars with a variety of beans you can try to see which ones you like before buying a large amount.
The canario beans I made with a ham bone, onion, carrots and a little celery for flavor plus salt, pepper, garlic, and a ¼ or less tsp of habanero chili. Put everything in the pot and cook until the beans are soft and meat is falling off the bone. I wash the beans, but don’t soak them before adding all the ingredients to the pot for cooking. This way the meat from the bone has plenty of time to fall off and the beans don’t end up being mushy. Then sit back and enjoy.
The cranberry and canario beans are great tasting. They could help add variety to your preps. The cranberry beans are fast becoming my favorite.