The variety of beans available offers unique flavors and uses. You can definitely tell the difference in taste/flavor when eating a lima bean or a black bean. Their uniqueness adds to their intrigue and begs us follow as we look at Navy Beans.
The Navy bean is a small, pea-size creamy colored white bean that retains its shape when cooked and are one of 13,000 species of the family of legumes, or plants that produce edible pods. You will also find it referred to as the Yankee Bean, Boston Bean, Haricot Blanc (white) or the Pearl Haricot Bean. This bean has a good flavor and it commonly used in soups, salads, bean dishes, and yes, in chili. Perhaps you’ve enjoy the beans in Olive Garden’s Pasta Fagioli soup as we have.
The Navy Bean received its popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. I guess that’s why they said these beans could feed a fleet, and apparently they did!
The Navy bean is an excellent source of fiber with a cup of cooked navy beans providing 76% of the recommended daily intake for fiber. They are also high in folate, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Navy beans are good for your heart and good for your body providing protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates that increase your energy while replenishing iron in your body.
We mentioned that these beans are interchangeable in many recipes. In fact, in Boston Baked Beans this particular bean can be substituted and used if other white beans are not available.
Be creative and enjoy Navy Beans.
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