Organic Black Turtle Beans - 1kg
Black beans are classified as legumes. Also known as turtle beans because of their hard, shell-like appearance, black beans are, in fact, the edible seeds of the plant.
How to cook
Soak the black turtle beans in a large bowl. Make sure that there is plenty of water covering the beans as the beans will soak the water up and expand.
Soak the beans in the water overnight (approx. 8 hours) at room temperature.
Soaking is an important process for all legumes, grain, nuts and seeds. It helps speed up the cook time and also makes them easier to digest as it removes the enzyme inhibitor.
After soaking, drain the water and rinse well.
In a large pot, cover the beans with plenty of water and bring it to boil. It will be easy to use a pressure cooker for this process.
You can add a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water if you'd like to add more flavor to the beans.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 60 - 90 minutes. Make sure the beans are soft and and drain the boiling water.
You can serve or use for other recipes.
How to Store Cooked Beans
Freezing cooked beans are a great way to stock up plant-based staples that you can use in recipes and save cooking time too!
Pack cooled down cooked beans (remove the water!) in a salable and resealable bag, and freeze it up to 6 months. It will be useful to freeze them in serving size portions ( 1 or 2 cups) so that you can defrost just the amount that you want in a recipe.
Enjoy your plant-based protein!
Health Benefits of Black Turtle Beans
According to the National Nutrient Database one-half cup (86g) of cooked black beans contains approximately:
- Energy: 114 kilocalories
- Protein: 7.62 g
- Fat: 0.46 g
- Carbohydrate: 20.39 g
- Fiber: 7.5 g
- Sugars: 0.28 g
- Calcium: 23 milligrams (mg)
- Iron: 1.81 mg
- Magnesium: 60 mg
- Phosphorus: 120 mg
- Potassium: 305 mg
- Sodium: 1 mg
- Zinc: 0.96 mg
- Thiamin: 0.21 mg
- Niacin: 0.434 mg
- Folate: 128 msg
- Vitamin K: 2.8 mg
Black beans also offer a variety of phytonutrients like saponins, anthocyanins, kaempferol, and quercetin, all of which possess antioxidant properties.
As with many beans and legumes, black beans contain starch, a form of complex carbohydrate. Starch acts as a “slow burn” energy store that is slowly digested by the body, preventing a spike in blood sugar levels.
Ingredients: Organic Black Turtle Beans from China