Cranberry Beans (Heirloom Borlotto)
5 lb bag $17.25
25 lb sack $86.25
Sometimes, Mother Nature creates the complete package: a pretty exterior, with lots of substance inside. This sums up the cranberry bean. It’s undeniably pretty with those cranberry-colored streaks marbling the cream-colored base. Alas, the pretty streaks disappear with cooking, but not the slightly sweet, nutty flavor, reminiscent of chestnut . As for inner substance, the cranberry bean is a protein powerhouse, with multiple B vitamins to metabolize those proteins efficiently. Like all dried beans , it’s a significant source of fiber, promoting gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health, while balancing blood sugar levels. Its potassium and antioxidant content are also heart-healthy.
Like the other variants within the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) family, the cranberry bean has diverse culinary applications. Use it interchangeably for pintos or cannellinis in cold salad recipes, hot stews, casseroles, chili, snacks and dips. Cranberry beans are particularly popular in Italian and Portuguese cuisine. The Italians call them borlotto beans, tracing back to the Tuscan term borlot, a descriptor for all sorts of plump, round items. Italians love borlotti so much they often serve the boiled beans with a minimum of accompaniment: a drizzle of olive oil, a spritz of lemon and parsley. Cranberry beans are prized for their creamy texture, as well as their taste and nutritional value. Because of their thin skins, they puree well. In pureed form, they are the essential component in sopa tarasca, a Mexican soup that also includes chicken stock and roasted tomatoes.
Phaseolus vulgaris got its start millennia ago in Mesoamerica, then spread to South America and eventually all over the world. The cranberry variant was developed in what is now Colombia, where the locals call it the cargamanto bean.
For the convenience of wholesale buyers, we offer our cranberry beans in bulk. Choose from 25-pound sacks or 5-pound bags.