How To Consume Haricot Beans
Eat them green
Young and tender pods can be picked up early and can be cooked in various ways as a green vegetable. Numerous recipes involves green or yellow beans or haricot green beans as their highlighted ingredient. French beans for example and it does not matter the beans can be yellow as well.
Pop them up and eat roasted
This is a very famous and interesting way to eat these beans which can be roasted like peanuts. All you have to do is to roast the entire bean pod in a little oil and see them popping up like pop corn and it tastes like roasted peanuts. Necessity is the mother of all inventions and this applies here as well. this technique was used in areas where water boiled at too low temperatures. so they came up with ideas to roast them instead and luckily it came out to be a super plan and gave us a new snack to munch on.
Gorge on them Fresh
Why dry when green beans taste even better. This technique to eat the beans excluding the pods relies on the fact that fresh is the best. This rule mainly applies to Flageolet Bean and cranberry bean grown wildly in Argentina and Chile.
Now this is the reason that beans are dried. For a fact that beans cannot remain green forever therefore methods of preservation were devised and to dry them was the best way to preserve them as seeds. These preserved beans function in many ways, can be eaten later on by boiling or soaking and also serve as seeds. This category is the most numerous and include navy beans, medium haricot beans, Borlotti beans, marrow beans, kidney beans (cannellini), Mexican black beans (turtle beans), to name a few.
Haricot Bean Recipes:
Boston Baked Beans
Haricot Beans Recipe
Haricot Bean & Parmesan Soup Recipe
Soak the dried haricot beans overnight. Rinse and boil them for 30 minutes. Be careful, don't let them be mushy. Now melt the butter in the oil in a clean pot and add chopped garlic and onion and sweat for a few minutes. Add the beans and vegetable stock, bring to a boil and cook for 25 minutes. Add the cheese and boil for another 5 minutes. Process the soup with a hand blender or blend the soup in a liquidizer and season. Serve hot.
White Haricot Bean Salad Recipe
Soak the haricot beans in cold water overnight, strain and put in a pan with fresh water. Then simmer for 1hr 30 mins until soft. Skin and half the tomatoes remove seeds and cut into small pieces. Cut the olives into small strips and put in salad bowl. Peel and crush the garlic and beat into the vinaigrette. Add the tomatoes and beans, cut the eggs into 8 sections and add. Now Pour the vinaigrette over the ingredients. Ready to Serve.
A Word of Caution
Make sure that before eating raw bean seeds, you soak them in water for few hours to degrade the toxicity caused due to the lectin phytohaemagglutinin and once this is taken care of. the healthy bean seeds are perfect food for your health .