Cooking Fresh Heirloom Beans

One of the most unique items at the MCM are the fresh heirloom beans from Yerena Farms. They look like large wax beans with a very firm pod shell speckled with brown, pink and beige. Pop open the pod and you’ll usually find between five and seven large fresh beans with a distinctive flavor that has been preserved and and cultivated for many generations–much like heirloom tomatoes. Separate the beans from the pod (a great activity for kids to participate in!), place in a strainer or colander and rinse well. Since the beans are fresh, there’s no need to soak them–they’re ready to cook once they’ve been rinsed.

To cook 2 cups of fresh heirloom beans, chop up an onion and a few cloves of garlic. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onions and garlic and cook until very fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the rinsed beans and enough water to cover, plus an inch or two. Add plenty of salt and pepper and fresh herbs or spices if desired (Try Sensory Revolution’s‘s Sensational Seasonings Green herb mix), stir well and cover the pot. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer mixture covered for 45 minutes to an hour. Taste a bean to check done-ness. Beans are done when they can easily be chewed.

Once the beans have been cooked, use them in burritos, enchiladas, soups, salads or as they are for a healthy, protein-rich meal/side dish. Enjoy!

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