miscellaneous Idaho beans

Bean Facts

Varieties Description Uses Names Seeds/100g
Pintos are medium ovals; earthy flavor and powdery texture.

Pinto

Med. size, brown with pink streaks

Favorite for refried beans and other Mexican & South American dishes. Beans turn solid pink when cooked.

Cooking time: 1-1/2 to 2 hrs.

260-300

Pink Beans have a rich, meaty flavor with a slightly powdery texture.

Pink

Med. size, pinkish beige

Popular in barbecue style dishes.

Cook 1 hr.

330-400

Great Northern Beans have a mild flavor with a powdery texture.

Great Northern

Large, oval, white

A frequent choice for soups, casseroles, baked dishes & mixing with other varieties.

Cook 1 hr.

Large White

280-330

Red Beans have flavor and properties are similar to red kidney, only smaller.

Red

Pea shape, small, dark

Adds sparkle to bean salads. Can be used in any colored bean recipe.

Cook 1 to 1.5 hrs.

Mexican Red Bean,
Small Red

275-330

Dark Red Kidney beans are robust, with a full-bodied flavor and soft texture.

Kidney

Kidney shaped, large, red

Used as the favored bean in New Orleans' red bean dish and Southwest's popular chili.

Precooked, available in cans.

Mexican Bean

150-200

Light Red Kidney is robust, with full-bodied flavor and soft texture.

Light Red Kidney

Kidney shaped, large, red

Also used as the favored bean in New Orleans' red bean dish, Southwest's popular chili, in salads and with rice.

Cook 1.5 to 2 hours

170-220

Small white bean

Small White

Oval, small, white

the bean of choice in Boston baked beans and the Senate dining room's favorite soup.

Cranberry Bean

Cranberry

Deep red markings, pink skin

A favorite for Italian cuisine. Also known as Roman beans. Loses streaks when cooked.

Cook 1.5 to 2 hrs.

Romano, 
Speckled Sugar

145-225

Navy beans are small white ovals; mild flavor with powdery texture.

Navy

Medium white pea.

A fine baker and soup maker.

Cook 1.5 to 2 hours

White Pea, 
Alubias Chica

450-525

black beans

Black

Pea shape, small, black

Caribbean and South American cuisine. Traditional in soups. Adds color to salads.

Cook 1.5 hrs.

Black Turtle,
Mexican Black, Spanish Black,
Preto

500-550

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