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Jacob's Cattle (Trout) Beans

Jacob's Cattle Beans (sometimes called Trout Beans) are related to the kidney bean. A member of the legume family, this bean is full-flavored with a taste reminiscent of green beans.

  • Approximately 5/8 inch in length

  • Mottled burgundy and white markings

  • Plump kidney shape

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    Price: $100.30
    $0.63 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Ideal for baked beans and chilis

  • Delicious addition to pasta salads, soups, casseroles and stews

  • Combine with cooked rice or quinoa to make a wonderful stuffing for vegetables

  • Basic prep

    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.


    Jacob cattle beans.

    Jacob's Cattle Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are named for the Old Testament story of Jacob claiming all of the speckled and spotted cattle from his father-in-law's herd. With their burgundy and white speckled and mottled markings, Jacob's Cattle Beans are aptly named. These beans were first cultivated by the Passamaquoddy Indians of Maine in the 1700s, and according to popular legend, were given as a gift from the Passamaquoddy tribe to Joseph Clark, the first white child born in Lubec, Maine.

    Beans are members of the larger family of legumes, a genre of plant species used for their edible seeds and pods, which 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. Jacob's Cattle Beans are also an excellent source of magnesium and potassium and a good source of calcium and vitamin C.

    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.

    Jacob's Cattle Beans are the standard for baked beans in the Northeastern United States, and are also ideal for chili.

    Classic recipe

    Grilled Scallops and Shrimp with Jacobs Cattle Bean Succotash

    In this twist on classic succotash, our Jacob’s Cattle Beans are used in place of fresh lima beans, giving the dish an earthier, richer flavor. The slightly sweet flavor of Jacob’s cattle beans pairs perfectly with the inherent sweetness of scallops and shrimp.