Pebble Beans are like a naturally occurring bean blend, with a single plant producing a wide variety of different colored beans, ranging from solid white, red, brown, tan and black, to speckled beans in the same color families.
Carefully sort beans, and rinse thoroughly. Soak overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse. Return to pot and cover by 2 inches with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer 1-1/2 hours, or until tender.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Pebble Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are like a naturally occurring bean blend, with a single plant producing a wide variety of different colored beans, ranging from solid white, red, brown, tan and black, to speckled beans in the same color families. They have a tender skin, dense and meaty texture and a mild taste. Conveniently, since the beans all come from the same plant and are about the same size, they cook at the same rate. They get their name because, like a handful of pebbles, they display an array of colors.
The Pebble Bean plant was discovered fairly recently on a bean farm near Lodi, California. The farmer found the plant growing on the perimeter of one of his fields and noticed that it bore a wide assortment of colored beans with distinct patterns. Genetic tests performed on five generations of the bean have not unearthed the reason for their unique coloring. They are, however, believed to be part of the flageolet family.
While their colors do fade to some degree when cooked, their mild flavor and meaty texture make them the perfect bean to add color variety to chilies, soups and salads.
Pebble Beans are members of the larger family of legumes, plants 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.
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 high-quality, inexpensive source of protein and nutrition, they have become diet staples in many cultures.
The natural color variation of our Pebble Beans make them a wonderful choice for vibrant salads. Packed with bright Mediterranean flavors, this salad makes for a fresh, light vegetarian main or a flavorful side dish for grilled chicken or fish.