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Pebble Beans

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.

  • About 1/2 inch long

  • Tender skin, dense, meaty texture and mild flavor

  • Cook conveniently at the same rate

  • Maintain some color difference when cooked

  • Manitou Trading Company
    Price: $16.80
    $0.99 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Due to their variegated colors, Pebble Beans make a visually appealing addition to soups, chilis and salads

  • Add cooked beans to a sauce of onion, tomato and molasses to make a beautiful dish of baked beans

  • Toss with cooked pasta, fresh vegetables and vinaigrette for an elegant "pasta e fagioli" salad

  • Basic prep

    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.

    Ingredients

    Pebble beans.

    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.

    Classic recipe

    Pebble Bean and Artichoke Salad

    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.