Also known as “turtle beans” or “black turtle beans,” these beans have black skin, cream-colored flesh, and a sweet flavor that forms the base for black bean soup.

An oval bean with a black skin, cream-colored flesh, and a sweet flavor. Black beans have long been popular in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the southern United States. This is not the same bean (fermented black beans) used in oriental cuisines.

plural: black beans

Season: available year-round

How to store: dried black beans should be stored below 70 degrees F in airtight containers, for up to one year.

Matches well with: avocados, bacon, cheese, chiles, cilantro, coriander, cumin, garlic, ham, jalapenos, mint, onion, oranges, peppers, rice, sour cream, tequila, tomatoes

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