The Cranberry Speckled Borlotti Bean, also known as the French Horticultural Bean, is a hidden gem among legumes. These beautiful beans, which you can find at Pearl Market now, are low in fat and packed with nutrients. Also, this wonderful cranberry-type bean grows on a bushy bean plant that produces runners. The cream-colored pods with dark red stripes are very easy to shell. Very popular in France, the bean cooks up firm with a delightful nutty flavor. Although this bean is often preferred as a dry bean, it is also highly recommended as a shelling bean, and it’s excellent for freezing and canning, too.
The Borlotti Bean is delicious as a standalone side dish and a colorful addition to any salad, including the many recipes for bean salads. S0, stop by Pearl Market this week to buy some of these interesting and tasty beans and try the Heartland Bank Recipe of the Week for Cranberry Beans, Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumber Salad.
2 cups fresh borlotti beans
couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
1 cucumber, peeled & sliced
fresh herbs of your choice, chopped: marjoram, oregano or basil work well
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
9 tablespoons extra virgin olive
vegetable scraps (celery tops, carrot peels, ends of onions, etc.)
Recipe courtesy of LaTavolaMarche.com
Recipe sponsored by Heartland Bank