French Navy Beans
The French Navy Bean is a member of the legume family, offering nutrient density, mild flavor and creamy texture that performs well on its own or as a component among other ingredients.
Sort carefully, then 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.
French navy beans.
The French Navy Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is also referred to as "white pea bean" or "coco blanc." It is not related to the common navy bean, which was issued as a standard ration by the U.S. Navy during the 19th century. Although they resemble the navy bean, they are smaller and more rounded, and have light celadon green shading along one side.
French Navy Beans boast high nutritional value, low cost and long storage life. They contain high levels of protein, iron and calcium, while maintaining a low level of fats, making them a wholesome and economical addition to salads, soups and side dishes.
Navy bean soup with smoked ham has appeared on the menus of the U.S. Senate’s restaurants every day since the early 20th century. This tradition is so ingrained in American culture, the soup has come to be known as “Senate Bean Soup.”