Well I simply couldn’t miss taking part in Yvette’s inaugural Friday food challenge over at Powerhouse Blog. So here you have them, my favourite beans, caught at the allotment in a sunset glow. Not that they need external aids to enhance their beanificent beauty. Not for nothing do the Italians call them: Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco – Fire Tongue.
I love everything about them. I love growing them. I love the way their pods change colour through the summer – from green to deep claret. Then, as picking time draws near, the leaves turn yellow, and start to fall, revealing hanging rows of glowing pods.
But the best bit is shelling them. You never know what colour they will turn out – pea green, cream with pink speckles or claret with creamy streaks. Every bean is different.
I usually freeze them freshly podded, or you can dry them. Freezing means they are quick to cook, and you don’t need to do the overnight soaking necessary for dried beans. They are highly nutritious, mineral and fibre-rich, and can be used in soups, or to make baked beans. I use them mostly in re-fried bean dishes. This simply involves mashing up a batch of cooked beans with fried onion, garlic, and a few chopped tomatoes, then adding seasoning, chopped parsley or coriander, plus spices of choice (I use chilli and cumin), turning all into a shallow, heatproof dish, topping with cheese, and putting under the grill for 10 or 15 minutes. We eat this by itself with a salad, or as a side dish with just about anything savoury. A poached egg on top would also be good.
You can find out how to grow borlotti beans HERE. Then pop over to Yvette’s for more vegetable offerings:
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41 thoughts on “Be-eautiful Borlotti”
Never heard of these variety before. Maybe Celeste knows of them?
I noticed a first been shoot yesterday among the chillis.
They’re also called Cranberry beans, Rosecoco, and are basically a climbing French bean, but with added attitude. Good luck with the chillis. Can’t grow decent ones here.
”These variety?” …” Been shoot?”
What ever happened to spillchekk?
Bamboozled I should think since we all make so many slips of this kind. I blame my fingers. They have quite their own agenda. Also I never seem to remember how to edit others’ comments without zapping them. Life as a series of typos – it’s an interesting scenario.
Lovely colour for a bean.
isn’t it just!
The dishes you describe sound delicious, however, my first thought upon seeing them was they looked like beans found at a crime scene.
Ha! The dastardly borlotti bean murder 🙂
We have plenty of them, here in Italy and consider them healthy and cheap , while their taste changes a lot due to the different recipes they can be employed in……
Love your photos for the composition and colours!
I was sure these would catch your eye, Anna. You are right. They are very adaptable for a range of recipes. I need to widen my repertoire.
I’m at your beck and call…..!
You are so sweet!
I have never seen or heard about this variety. Tish. They look great! Do you grow chillis on your allotment?
Sadly my chilli production has been disappointing. They grow all right, but taste very bland without a hint of hotness. I think little bush chillis might be the solution. You have to start them off very early in the season. And they like plenty of warmth – not a thing that can be guaranteed in the UK, even in a polytunnel 🙂
I managed to grow a couple of chilli plants in my conservatory but disappointingly I only got three chillies! They are very hot though, but not very good value for money. Flowers kept dropping so I guess I either over or under watered and underfed. This growing food lark is complicated…
It is complicated indeed, trying to know what all the plants like best 🙂
Oh Tish – talk about win-win -these beans have so much and I can see why they are a fav – the photos give a glimpse of that beauty.
And it reminds me that I need to share some vines from the garden I have in mind for Jude’s challenge this month. Hm
Anyhow – interesting that freezing means you don’t have to soak them!
Oh and read the comment “life is a series of typos” – true that!
Well thanks so much for joining in and with such a vibrant and personal post! And I know we say this a lot as bloggers – but just wish I could taste via post!
Have a great weekend –
Thank you, lovely you. And a great weekend to you too.
I think ‘wowsers’ says it all
I’ve been buying Borlotti beans and freezing them for weeks now. Unfortunately, my vendor at the market sold his last beans last week. Thankfully, he had sown a 2nd planting of peas so I was able to substitute fresh peas for the missing beans. I prefer not to think about what he’ll (not) have tomorrow.
Ah, the frosty times are approaching. You were lucky to get the peas 🙂
The thing that jumped to my mind was that they appeared as Christmas ornaments decorating a tree, well bush or vine in this case. Wonderful colors.
The pods would make wonderful Christmas decorations. I wonder if they’d keep their colour when dried. Too late to know now. I composted them. 🙂
A project for next year Tish. 🙂
Aren’t they fabulous? As is your recipe, now saved on my computer for when I have some borlotti beans of my own 😀
Or indeed any beans. It works for broad beans too, though might have to remove some of their skins if they’re the tough sort.
Oh, I love broad beans so I shall definitely give it a go.
I don’t know these beans, but I sure like the way they look!
They are very beautiful beans! I’ve never heard of them
They look wonderful. Is it possible to eat them when they are very young, pods and all?
Yes, I believe you can eat them that way. I just can’t bear to though – the loss of speckled beans to come 🙂
I’ve only had tinned borlottis which are quite good, but no comparison I’m sure. I love the sound of the recipe!
Tinned beans always seem to taste of the liquid they’re canned in, even when rinsed. Even so, they’re handy in an emergency.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here, unless they come under a different name in the States. Lovely, though. Not that my husband would eat them. He has a whole thing against beans.
Also known as Cranberry beans in the States. John in Chicago, he of Bartolini Kitchen, says he’s been buying them there.
I had no idea the pods looked like that!
Never heard of those before… 🙂
wow of the wow, Tish… ❤ may I have some, SVP?! 🙂