Black turtle beans are a type of common bean that is native to the Americas. They get their name from their shiny, black, turtle-like shells. They are small, oval shaped, and have a dense and meaty texture, and earthy flavor, nutty and slightly sweet. They are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and B vitamins. They are particularly high in folate.
Black turtle beans are widely used in Mexican and Latin American cuisine. They are most often cooked in soups, stews, chili and in a popular dish call 'frijoles negros' which is a traditional Cuban dish of black beans cooked with onions, peppers, garlic, cumin and oregano. They also can be used in refried beans, tacos, burritos and many other dishes.
· 1/2 pound dried black beans
· 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
· 3 fresh garlic cloves, pressed
· 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
· 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
· Pinch red pepper flakes
· 2 teaspoons sugar
· 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
· Salt and freshly ground black pepper
· Chopped scallions, for garnish
1. Soak black beans overnight.
2. Rinse beans, then cover with 3 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
4. Stir in onions, cooking 30 minutes more.
5. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Stir in sugar and vinegar, and taste before seasoning with salt and pepper.
SunOrganic Farm Organic Black Turtle Beans are popular in Latin American cuisine, though it can also be found in the Cajun and Creole cooking. Like all varieties of the common bean it is native to the Americas but has now been grown around the world. It is also used in Indian cuisine, The black turtle bean is often simply called the black bean.
The black turtle bean is the only type of turtle bean. It is called turtle because of its hard outer "shell".
The black bean has a dense, meaty texture, making it popular in vegetarian dishes. It is a popular bean in Brazil, and is used in the national dish, feijoada. It is also a main ingredient of Moros y Cristianos in Cuba. The black bean is served in virtually all of Latin America in the United States. Black turtle beans are also popular as a soup ingredient. In Cuba, black bean soup is a traditional dish usually served with white rice.
It is also common to keep the boiled water of these beans, which acquires a black coloring, and eat it as soup with ingredients for seasoning or to season or color other dishes.