Christmas Bean Blend
Our Christmas Bean Blend is a holiday blend of beans that combine to make a perfect variety of color and mild, smooth flavor.
Rinse thoroughly and soak overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot, covered with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes, until tender. This bean produces foam when boiling, so skim the water regularly.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
The colorful blend of beans in the Christmas Bean Blend combines cranberry beans, French navy beans, small red beans and light red kidney beans for a festive blend of colors. A perfect balance of creamy texture, crimson color, mild flavor and healthy nutrients, this healthful mix makes for an attractive and unique blend for salads and full-bodied soups.
Beans belong to the family of legumes, a genre of plant species used for their edible seeds that boast a high nutrient density with low-maintenance production and storage. They contain high levels of protein, essential minerals and fiber while maintaining a low level of fats.
Believed to have originated in Peru, beans were spread through trade throughout South and Central America, later being introduced to Europe in the 15th century by Spanish explorers. Known as a quality, inexpensive source of protein and nutrition, they have become diet staples in many cultures and are now widely produced in Asia, Europe and North America.
Our colorful Christmas Bean Blend, which includes cranberry, French navy, small red and kidney beans, is highlighted in this warming soup. Cooked with meaty ham hocks, this hearty winter dish is full of rich flavor.