Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dragon Tongue Beans

No, I have gone "over the edge". These are a Dutch heirloom bean, related to the snap bean. A type of snap bean that is similar to the green bean with an editable pod, except the pod is flatter and has purple colored strips running down a cream background. This bean can be eaten raw or served as a vegetable dish, providing a very distinctive and noticeably tasty bean flavor. "Dragon Tongue Beans" are a beautiful, tender, flatter light yellow bean with purple random short specs of color. Cook ever so gently to retain the beautiful color, or marinate them. They are easier to prepare because they don't have a string and need less prep time. Can be served as a warm side or cold in a salad. Considered by many to be one of the best tasting beans. Here is a recipe:

Dragon's Tongue Beans
2½ cups Dragon’s Tongue Beans
2 tbsp olive oil
5-6 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp dried basil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Steam the beans for 3-4 minutes, then immediately toss with the remaining ingredients and serve.

The idea here is to not over cook the beans - just warm them through.

The beans can be found at some heirloom farms or farmers' markets. If you find them and try them, let us know what you think.

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