Eden Organic Dry Black Turtle Beans are organically grown on Michigan family farms by farmers we know and trust. Eden Beans are pure and nourishing because they're grown in vital living soil, free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers for decades.
Eden Organic Dry Black Beans are packaged in boxes made from recycled and recyclable paperboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packages available. According to the 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100.com), "Fourteen trees are saved for each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard. Trees are critical to the sequestration of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) in North America. For each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard, an equal amount of recovered fiber has been diverted from municipal landfills. Production of 100 percent recycled paperboard uses 50 percent less energy compared to virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the environment."
The black turtle bean Phaseolus vulgaris originated in southern Mexico and Central America over 7,000 years ago according to archeological findings. It is one of more than 500 varieties of beans referred to as the 'common beans' that are related to the kidney bean. They were a staple food in the diets of Central and South Americans and supplied the missing amino acids in the corn based diets of these countries. Today its use has spread throughout the world but is most popular in Latin American countries, the Caribbean Islands, South America, and in the southern and southwestern United States. Other names for this bean are Mexican black, black Spanish, Tampico, Venezuelan beans, caviar criollo, and frijoles.
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." Also, "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease with many factors." Eden Organic Black Beans are an excellent source of fiber with 64 percent daily value (DV) per serving, low fat, cholesterol free, and very low sodium. They are rich in protein, iron, thiamin B1, magnesium, and manganese, and a good source of folate B9 and zinc.
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. In general darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity." 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.
Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in many cereal grains, lysine and threonine. Whole grains complement beans and together deliver complete protein. Enjoying a variety of beans with whole grain is a solid step toward a healthy life.
Enjoy Eden Organic Black Beans cooked with organic whole grains (especially delicious with brown rice, corn, cornbread, and polenta dishes), in soups, salads, dips, and in making refried beans for tacos and burritos. An essential to Mexican and Central and South American cuisine. We love them in salsa.
Note: 1/2 cup raw beans equals approximately 1 1/2 cups cooked.
Before soaking and cooking hand sort the beans and remove any foreign matter.
Wash and rinse, place in a bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water, and soak for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Discard the soaking water and rinse again.
Place in a pot with 3 inches of water, bring to a boil, turn off flame, and let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Discard soaking water.
Place 3 cups of cold water per 1 cup soaked beans in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, boil uncovered for about 10 minutes, skim off and discard any foam that rises. Your favorite vegetables and spices can be added at this point if desired. In addition we recommend adding a one inch strip of Eden Kombu sea vegetable for each cup of dried beans to help soften and accentuate flavor. Do not add sea salt until 80 percent done. Salt added at the beginning of cooking prevents beans from fully softening. Reduce the flame, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, adding more water just to cover if needed. When 80 per cent done, season with about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Eden Sea Salt. Cover and simmer for several more minutes or until tender.
Wash and soak beans as directed. Place beans in cooker, add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water for each cup of soaked beans. If making soup, add 3 to 4 cups water per cup of beans. Add all seasonings and vegetables except sea salt at the start of cooking. Cover the cooker and bring up to pressure. Reduce the flame to medium-low. Cooking times vary depending on the type of pressure cooker. Please follow your pressure cooker's suggested time. When done remove from heat and allow the pressure to come down. When all pressure has been released, remove the lid. Add sea salt and simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.