Beans & Peas

BEANS

Provider/Green
Also known as string beans, provider beans are tender, sweet, crisp and thin.
Concador/Yellow
Similar to green beans, these snap beans are firm tender with a grassy, nutty taste.
Dragon Tongue
Dragon tongue beans have a unique cream colored tender pod with dark purple stripes. The entire bean may be eaten raw or cooked, but when cooked the stripes are reduced. The flavor is sweet and nutty.

STORAGE:
Store in a plastic bag, unwashed in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Beans should keep for up to seven days. Wash before use, and cut off either end of the bean.
BEST USED: 
Blanched, steamed, pickled, raw, used in casseroles.
ACCOMPANYING FLAVORS:
Almonds, mushrooms, lemon, bacon.
RECIPES:
Try this sesame tempura green bean recipe!
This warm yellow bean recipe is good for the soul.
Sauteeing dragon beans in coconut oil results in a tasty dish!
Pickling your beans will give you an addictive snack.

EDAMAME

Sumo
Edamame is edible, immature soy beans. Soy beans are high in protein, carbs, fiber, iron, folate and manganese. Sumo is a nutty and sweet variety, popular due to its delectable taste.

STORAGE: 
Fresh edamame will keep in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week. Wash and pat dry before storing. It may also be frozen!
BEST USED:
Boiled or steamed in the pod. Do not eat the pod!
ACCOMPANYING FLAVORS:
Salt, sesame oil, garlic.
RECIPES:
Easy to follow recipe for cooking edamame.

 

DRY BEANS

King of the Early
These red beans are marked with white. They are large and expand when soaked, with a flavor described as “robust.” Great for baking! Beans are a great source of protein, fiber and folate.
Jacob’s Cattle
Also known as a “trout bean”, this kidney-shaped bean is speckled red, white, and maroon. It has a full flavor and aroma, nutty and sweet. Good source of protein, fiber and folate.
Red Noodle
An interesting and unique crop, red noodle beans are grown in long, reddish-purple pods. The flavor is smoky, subtle and tasty.

STORAGE: 
Dried beans have a very long shelf life. When stored in an airtight bag, they can have a shelf life of at least a year.
BEST USED: 
Once cooked, they can be baked, roasted, simmered, used in soups and dips.
ACCOMPANYING FLAVORS:
Onion, garlic, oregano, parsley, thyme, molasses, wine, chili sauce, tomatoes.
RECIPES:
Jacob’s cattle or King of the Early are great for this maple baked beans recipe.
Try this simple recipe using red noodle beans.
This exotic recipe will take your taste buds on a vacation!

PEAS

Green Arrow
These shell peas are bright green, plump, and sweet. Peas in general are great sources of fiber, protein, vitamins A, B6, C and K. There are about ten peas per pod in shell varieties.
Tall Telephone
Another type of shell pea, this variety is large, sweet and tender. See above for nutritional & pod info.
Sugar Snap
Snap peas can be eaten by the pod and are a very good source of Vitamin C. This variety is smaller than shell peas, with three to five peas per pod. Pods are round, sweet and tender.
Blizzard
A type of snow pea, blizzard peas are very sweet with a soft, flat pod. They are picked before completely mature, and are to be eaten as a whole pod.

STORAGE:
Store unwashed and unshelled in a breathable bag or container. They may also be blanched and then frozen.
BEST USED: 
Shelled peas are best used boiled or steamed and are often used as a side dish, in soup, or in potpies. Snap and snow peas are best eaten raw or used in stir-fries.
ACCOMPANYING FLAVORS:
Butter, spearmint, thyme, sugar.
RECIPES:
Use shell peas for this French recipe.
Sugar snap peas are used for this awesome side dish.
Here is a popular stir-fry recipe incorporating snow peas.