Yellow Eyed Beans are related to the kidney bean. Ivory coloured with tiny coloured markings surrounding the 'eye' on the inner seam of the bean; they're about 1/2 inch in length, oval shaped and have a mild, somewhat sweet flavour. They're also referred to as a Dot-Eye Bean, Molasses-Face Bean and Yellow-Eyed China Bean. Beans Around the World The oldest-known domesticated beans date back to the second millennium. All beans are marvels of nature's kitchen: filled with beneficial phytonutrients, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Beans are cholesterol-free and contain no saturated fat. Beans are rich in antioxidants and packed with protein, folate, iron and fiber. Yellow Eyed Beans also contain an impressive amount of calcium, with approximately 110 mg. of calcium and 16 grams of protein per 1 cup serving. Tasty Tips and Storage These healthy, great tasting heirloom beans have been a top choice for African and Indian dishes, and are becoming very popular in North America too! Because they hold their shape when cooked, they're an excellent choice for salads, stews, mixed into chillies, and other dishes that highlight beans. Like most beans, Yellow Eyed 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. Cook them for about 20 minutes in a pressure cooker or 1 1/2 to 2 hours on top of the stove. 1 cup of dried yellow-eye beans makes approximately 2 1/2 cups of cooked beans. 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.