Eden Navy Beans are organically grown on USA family farms committed to a clean environment and the most nutritious, life encouraging food. Eden Beans are the most delicious and nourishing because they're grown in vital living soil, free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers for decades.
Eden offers a large selection of food in bulk sizes for food service professionals and families. Eden Navy Beans in a 25 pound bag are an excellent value for health conscious chefs who appreciate quality, nutrition, safety, and superb flavor.
In Washington, D.C. Navy Bean Soup has been served in the Senate Restaurant every day for about 100 years. One story is that Senator Fred Thomas Dubois of Idaho, who served in the Senate from 1901 to 1907 and sat as chairman of the committee that supervised the Senate Restaurant, gaveled through a resolution requiring that the the soup be on the menu every day. Another story attributes the bean soup mandate to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota who expressed his fondness for it in 1903. Saginaw Valley, Michigan grown navy beans are the most popular bean in England.
Navy beans Phaseolus vulgaris are related to great northern, kidney, pinto and black beans. Also called small white beans or pea beans. They are the second most popular bean in America.
Navy beans are an excellent source of iron and folate (B9), and a good source of dietary fiber and complex carbohydrate as well as protein and calcium, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors," and "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease with many factors." Eden Navy Beans are fat free and an excellent source of dietary fiber, providing 28 percent daily value per serving. They are naturally very low in sodium. They are also a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.
Studies show beans contain a wealth of antioxidants similar to those in fruits and berries. "Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds," said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA's Bean Research Unit. "We didn't know how potent they were until now." Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Eden Navy Beans will stay fresh indefinitely if stored properly in a dark, dry, cool area, however we recommend using them within two years of purchase. To prepare navy beans rinse thoroughly and soak for 6 to 8 hours. Strain and rinse again, then add fresh water to cover by 2 inches. Boil furiously uncovered for about 10 minutes, skim off any foam and add vegetables, herbs and spices and cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. In addition to your favorite spices we recommend a one inch strip of Eden Kombu for each cup of dried beans to soften and accentuate flavor. Season with about 1/4 teaspoon Eden Sea Salt or shoyu soy sauce toward the end of cooking. Cover and simmer for about two hours. If using a pressure cooker add all seasonings except salt or shoyu at the start of cooking and cook for about 40 minutes (or until tender).