Gigante Beans are extra-large white runner beans, common in Greek cuisine. They have a sweet, mild taste and a meaty texture, and hold their shape well through cooking.
Sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak overnight in water to cover. Rinse and drain. Transfer to large pot and cover with fresh water by 4 inches. Bring water 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.
Gigantes plaki, a traditional Greek dish that translates to "giant baked beans," is a classic vegetarian dish that features gigante beans in a tomato sauce. Hearty enough to be eaten for a meal by itself, it also works well alongside other dishes as a complete ensemble.