|Almost too pretty to cook . . . almost!|
I purchased mine at Annie’s Heirloom Seeds last year and we just thought these were such fun! Due to their color pattern, they are also called “Orca” beans or “Yin Yang Beans”
I will admit that we planted them largely because I thought they were pretty. After we harvested them, I filled a mason jar with the beautiful beans and refused to cook them for a few months because they were too pretty to cook! Once I finally realized that it was time to cook them, I realized that aside from their good looks, they are a tasty bean as well!
|It’s like a tiny Orca whale!|
Now don’t be disappointed, I’m warning you now. The color fades to a sort of “pinto” brown when they cook. You can still see the pattern, but in a faint brown-on-brown monochrome. To me, they tasted just like pinto beans and I cooked them in the same way I would cook pintos, but I thought they were a little larger. They were great in chili and I fully intend to plant more this year!
What about you? Do you have any favorite must-have varieties that I should try this year in my garden?
Shared on the 76th Wildcrafting Wednesday!