The small, shiny black turtle bean is especially popular in Latin American cuisine . It is often called simply the black bean (frijol negro in Spanish , feijão preto in Portuguese ), although this can cause confusion with other black beans . The black turtle bean has a dense, meaty texture and flavor reminiscent of mushrooms , which makes it popular in vegetarian dishes such as the Mexican-American black bean burrito . It is a very popular bean in various regions of Brazil , and is used in the national dish, feijoada . It is also a principal ingredient of Platillo Moros y Cristianos as in Cuba, a must-have in the typical casados of Costa Rica , and served elsewhere in almost all Latin America. Black turtle beans have recently been reported to be an extremely good source of nutritional antioxidants . Black turtle bean varieties include: Domino, Black Magic, Blackhawk, Nighthawk, and Valentine
They are just what they say they are, beans that are black. They are commonly referred to as turtle beans, probably in reference to their shiny, dark, shell-like appearance. Along with a rich smoky flavor that has been compared to mushrooms, black beans have a velvety texture, yet hold their shape well during cooking.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Use as a side dish for almost anything. Puree cooked beans and use to make a flourless and protein-filled brownie batter. Mix with cooked qunioa and salsa for an easy Mexican dish packed with protein.
Conserving and Storing
Canning lowers vegetables' nutritional value since they are best lightly cooked for a short period of time, while their canning process requires a long cooking time at high temperatures. On the other hand, beans require a long time to cook whether they are canned or you cook them yourself. Therefore, if enjoying canned beans is more convenient for you, by all means go ahead and enjoy them. We would suggest looking for those that do not contain extra salt or additives. Store dried black beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep up to 12 months. If you purchase black beans at different times, store them separately since they may feature varying stages of dryness and therefore will require different cooking times.