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European Soldier Beans

The European Soldier Bean, also called a "red eye," is a white bean related to the navy bean. It is identified by the splashes of dark red surrounding the "eye" of the bean, which some people think resemble a toy soldier.

  • About 3/4 inch long

  • Mild flavor and firm texture

  • Can substitute for almost any white bean in recipes

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    Suggested uses

  • Toss with seasonal vegetables and vinaigrette for a simple, flavorful salad

  • Puree cooked beans with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice for a different spin on hummus

  • European Soldier Beans are very popular in baked bean recipes

  • Basic prep

    Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak overnight. Rinse, place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes, until tender.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place.


    European Soldier Beans.

    Classic recipe

    European Soldier Bean, Asparagus and Tomato Salad

    In this simple green salad, our eye-catching European Soldier Beans offer a unique alternative to common white beans, with the same mild flavor and high protein and fiber content. Soaking the beans before cooking allows them to better maintain their shape through cooking.