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Sorry, our rare beans were very popular and we sold out quickly. As soon as we have any more available we'll announce them in our newsletter. In the meantime please have a look at our other less rare pulses.
We've very limited quantities of some special rare beans from a handful of growers.
These Ayocote Negro beans are doubly rare: difficult to grow in the UK and globally scarce, Edward Lea at Green Acres Farm in Shropshire has done a fantastic job raising a small crop for harvest.
Ayocote - or ayeócotl in Náhuatl, the indigenous language spoken in the area, now part of Mexico, where the beans were first domesticated four or five thousand years ago - are beans of the Phaseolus coccineus species, more commonly known as runner beans in the UK.
Mexican seed banks contain over 800 varieties of ayocote, each suited to very specific climates and altitudes. The beans are traditionally grown as part of the Milpa or Three Sisters system along with corn and squash.
The UK is almost unique in eating runner beans as a green vegetable. In the rest of the world the dried seeds are preferred – and are indeed among the most delicious beans you can eat.
Soak the beans for 6 hours. Cover with water or stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 to 50 minutes until the beans are soft. Add more water if needed.
Cooking times for dried pulses will be longer at higher altitudes and when cooking with hard water or older pulses.
Adding bicarbonate of soda during soaking and/or cooking will soften the pulses and reduce the cooking time.
Cooked pulses can be used immediately or frozen for later use.
Ayocote Negro Beans
May contain occasional small stones
(for dry black Phaseolus beans)
|of which saturates||0.4g|
|of which sugars||2.1g|
A rare variety of runner bean, Phaseolus coccineus, left to ripen and dry before harvest.
Grown by Edward Lea at Green Acres Farm, Shropshire.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Split Fava Beans are tasty, versatile and easy to cook - they don’t even need soaking.
Use our Organic Split Fava Beans to make dal, falafel or hummus - or add a handful or more to soups, stews or curries. The beans get softer and softer the longer they're cooked.
Or try our new Fava Bean Chips - they're cheaper than Split Fava Beans and cook just the same only a little faster.View full product details
Britain's original bean, the fava bean is delicious, nutritious and good for the soil. Our Organic Whole Fava Beans are perfect for spicy Egyptian ful medames, truly British baked beans, stews, curries, salads and more.
Our current crop of whole fava beans are the unusually small, round and wonderfully tender Maris Bead variety, bred over 50 years ago at the Plant Breeding Institute on Maris Lane near Cambridge. Whether they're cooked from dry or used canned, we think these are our best ever whole fava.
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Red Haricot Beans have a superb taste, delicate texture and rich garnet red colour. They're especially good in chillis, bean casseroles and salads.
Or try our canned Red Haricot Beans in Water, cooked and ready to use.View full product details
Fava Bean Chips cook just like Split Fava Beans, only a little faster as they're smaller pieces of bean. They cost less (cheap as chips?) than the larger Split Fava Beans but are just as tasty, versatile and easy to cook.
Use our Fava Bean Chips to make dal, falafel or hummus - or add a handful or more to soups, stews or curries. The beans get softer and softer the longer they're cooked.View full product details