The Moro bean was first spied in Puebla, Mexico. The design was so beautiful and detailed, it wasn’t clear they were even a bean. Later we found farmers in Hidalgo who were growing a version with just a touch of purple mixed in and we were smitten. A local cook told us that at the end of the growing season, the women plant the beans and harvest them as young greens and sauté them in butter. A rarity in Mexico, just like the Moro bean itself.
Raw, the markings have to be among the prettiest of all our heirloom beans, but it’s when they’ve been cooked that you’ll be especially happy with them. with a rich, dense texture and a bean broth that you could eat alone as a soup, without the beans!
COOKING SUGGESTIONS: Pot beans, soups, salads, casseroles, dips, refried beans
Size: 1 Lb Bag
- ABOUT THE BRAND
Rancho Gordo was founded by Steven Sando.
- HOW TO USE
Check beans for debris, and rinse thoroughly. In a large pot, sauté aromatic vegetables (onions, garlic, celery, carrot, etc.) in olive oil. Add beans and enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a full boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, using a lid to help regulate the heat, and gently cook until done, 1 to 3 hours. Salt when the beans start to soften. A pre-soak of 2 to 6 hours will lessen the cooking time.