Black beans are small (about the size of a pea), kidney-shaped, and have a jet black skin. They have cream coloured flesh, a mild, sweet, earthy taste, and a soft texture. They have a particularly rich and full flavour that is sweet and almost mushroom-like. Black turtle beans are a favourite in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean. Black bean soups, stews and sauces are common Latin American dishes, as are refried beans and black bean salsas.
Organic black beans
Rinse 1 cup beans. Pour into boiling water and cover. Soak overnight, at least 6 hours. Drain and discard soaking water. Add 4 cups fresh water and simmer over low heat until tender, approximately 1-1 1/2 hours.
Westpoint Naturals (Vancouver)