Black Turtle Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) are also a relation of the kidney bean. Most commonly known as black beans, they are small, black and shiny. They have an almost mushroom-like flavour, hold their shape well when cooked and absorb flavours well. Black Bean Facts Native to South America, Black Turtle Beans are an integral ingredient in Brazilian and Cuban dishes. Recent research proves that shiny black beans are shining stars when it comes to phytonutrients! The surface of the black bean is a super source of beneficial anthocyanin flavonoids. These nutrients give the bean its rich black colour. All beans are marvels of nature's kitchen: filled with phytonutrients, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and protein. They're storehouses of vitamins and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium and folate. Beans are cholesterol-free and contain no saturated fat. One-half cup serving of beans contains about 8 grams of dietary protein. Tasty Tips and Storage A staple in virtually all Latin cuisines, they're delicious in salads and are the main ingredient in Black Bean Soup. They're also delicious pureed into spreads and dips, or used in combination with other beans in a wide range of soups and stews. Black beans are also a delicious and nutritious addition to quesadillas, egg dishes, and make hearty, healthy black bean burgers. Like most beans, black beans benefit from soaking before cooking. Soak them for six to eight hours before cooking, or bring to a boil in water, remove from heat, cover and soak for 1 hour. Always drain soaking water before cooking. To cook add fresh water and cover the beans by two inches. Boil uncovered for about 10 minutes and skim off any foam. Traditionally, a strip of Kombu seaweed is used in Asia to help soften beans (added at the beginning of cooking). Cover pot and simmer for about one and a half hours. Add seasonings as desired; beans benefit from adding salt during the last half hour or so of cooking. Like most stored foods, beans are best stored in the absence of oxygen and light, which can speed rancidity and fade bean colour. Store in a cool dark pantry in our resealable bags or an airtight container. Refrigerated/frozen storage isn't recommended for dried beans, which will last for a year or more correctly stored in the pantry.