Ayocote Negro Bean
This large, thick-skinned runner bean is not your average black turtle bean. It goes from dense to creamy with continued cooking, and has a supreme meaty goodness about it that's hard to resist.
Suggestions: Pot beans, soups, salads, chilis, casseroles
Ayocote Negro are firm without being starchy and have a darker, inky bean broth than other runner beans enjoy. They are large, bold and one of the first beans we recommend if you're trying to sell a "steak and potatoes" lover on heirloom beans.
Nothing makes us roll our eyes like hearing our customers say, "They look too pretty to eat!" but we do understand perhaps buying Ayocote Negro based on their incredible looks. Just don't tell anyone.
Ayocotes are runner beans (like the more well-known Scarlet Runners). Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, the Ayocote family was one of the first cultivated crops of the New World. They are grown all over central and northern Mexico but seem to have lost favor with Mexicans except in specific indigenous communities. If you plant them, you can enjoy the flowers, eat the pods as a broad bean, or shell them fresh for shelling beans, but the best way to enjoy them is dried so you can experience their fully developed flavor.
We like to cook Ayocote Negros with garlic, onion, and our Oregano Indio; if you're patient, the texture will go from starchy to creamy with a long, slow simmer. Ayocote Negros provide a rich, beefy bean broth that lends flavor to soups and chilis. But before using these beans in an elaborate recipe, try a simple bowl topped with chopped onion and crumbled dry cheese.
Please note that this is not a traditional black turtle bean. When cooked, it's very similar to the Ayocote Morado or even Scarlet Runner. For a traditional turtle bean, we suggest our Midnight Black beans.
Recipes and more information on Ayocote Negro Bean at Rancho Gordo.
Latin name: Phaseolus coccineus
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Product of Mexico. Produced in Mexico under the supervision of the Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project.
This product includes a 5% "tariff" that will be donated to No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group that provides water and other assistance to migrants and refugees along the US border. Rancho Gordo will be matching this amount as well. For more information, see our blog post.
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