Cranberry beans are an old fashioned, heirloom bean that can be used as you would any dried bean. If they are still be in their pods, they must be shelled which can be done very easily. Here is more information:
Fresh beans are string beans left on the plant. Fresh shell beans would continue to dry out to yield the dried beans most people know. But harvest them a few weeks earlier, when the beans have formed but are still moist, and you will taste them at their best. Their rich taste and melting texture deliver an eating experience that dried beans can’t duplicate. Where a dried bean is starchy, a fresh shell bean is creamy and sweet.
How to Keep:
- Shell fresh beans right away.
- Don’t leave them in a plastic bag or they may mildew.
- If you aren’t going to eat them within a day, we recommend shelling and freezing them to eat later.
How to Use:
- Use Shell Beans in any way you would use Dry Beans: Soups (be careful not to overcook them, they’re more delicate than dry beans); Pasta Sauces (leave the seasonings and strong flavors to a minimum to really taste the beans’ flavor).
Use As A String Bean
Early in the growing season, the cranberry bean still in the green stage can be used as you would any string bean.