Shell Beans

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We grow two types of shell beans which are available in limited quantities for pick-your-own in Granby. Caco Black has green shells and the beans develop eventually into a black color. The other variety is Tongue of Fire, which ripens to a speckled pink on the shell. The beans inside are white with pink and purple speckles.

Cooking Tips

As the name implies, shell beans are shelled before cooked, but unlike dry beans, these are best fresh and take very little time to cook up.  Succotash is a common dish that often has lima beans, but may have originally been made with shell beans when the Native Americans first introduced the dish to English settlers.