Versatile and velvety, this thin-skinned Borlotti bean produces a rich, indulgent bean broth, making it perfect for classic Italian dishes as well as simple pot beans.
Cranberry is an odd name for a lovely, versatile bean. Thought to be originally from Colombia, the bean has been bred around the world to become Madeira, Borlotti, Tounges of Fire, Wren’s Egg and more. Cranberry beans are soft and dense with a velvety, rich texture. The thin skins help produce a rich bean broth, making it the natural friend of pasta e fagioli (pasta fazool) as the liquid coats each noodle with its luxurious sauce.
In Mexico you'll find these as Cacahuate (peanut) beans and in Patzcuaro, you'll fall in love with them in a good Sopa Tarasca, which is about one third pureed cranberry beans, one third roasted tomatoes and one third chicken stock, topped off with some deep fried tortilla strips.
Suggestions: Minestrone soups, pasta e fagioli (pasta fazool), soups, casseroles, New England baked beans
Ingredients: Domingo Rojo Bean
Steve Sando founded Rancho Gordo on the idea that saving our New World foods is a critical pursuit; passion for heirloom beans has made this business a huge success. Sando’s beans are sought after by famous chefs like Thomas Keller and he’s frequently profiled in publications such as Bon Appetit, Saveur, and the New York Times. In reintroducing the best of the New World heirloom beans, Sando has created a sensation, and food-lovers everywhere will relish transforming this humble staple into a celebrated delicacy.
Photos by Steve Sando