Red Calypso Beans

Red Calypso Beans have a mild, earthy flavor, and a creamy texture that people often compare to potatoes. These bi-colored beans are nutrient-dense. They perform well on their own or as a component among other ingredients.

  • Color: half red, half white with specks
  • Size: About 1/4″ to 1/2″ long

 

Red Calypso Beans are happy cheerful beans and oh so pretty! They are just fun to work with and turn into stunning jewelry.

Little white wooden beads are the perfect pairing for the brightly colored beans. The bracelets are strung on silver-plate memory wire in an alternating design. Warning! It’s hard to stop once you get going on these memory wire bracelets.

 

 

 

 

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How to Cook Red Calypso Beans:
Here is the basic cooking method for Red Calypso Beans: Soak beans overnight. Rinse them. Add the beans to a large pot and cover them with fresh water. Boil the beans for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer until they reach the desired tenderness, which is about 60-90 minutes. Please note that these beans create foam while boiling, so frequently skim the water.

Cooking Suggestions: Red Calypso Beans can be a substitute for kidney, cannellini, or pinto beans. They are delicious when added to soups, casseroles, stews, and pasta salads. Add them to cooked rice for a delicious stuffing.

More About Red Calypso Beans: 
The Red Calypso Bean is a striking looking bean with starkly contrasting red and white markings. The distinctive pattern resembles that of a Holstein cow’s hide, which is why it’s sometimes called “cow seed.” The markings fade as a result of cooking, but the pattern remains, giving these beans wonderful presentation value.

Snow Cap Beans

The Snow Cap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a pole bean and a relative of the cranberry bean. This attractive heirloom-variety bean gets its name from the ivory-colored “cap of snow” that covers about half of its 1/2-inch-long reddish-tan body, which is marked with variegated streaks of deep red.

The names native people gave all-natural beans tell a story. With Snow Cap, we can easily imagine people living in the valley and looking up at the high mountains capped in snow! It’s a beautiful image and a beautiful bean with the tan and white coloration and cooks BIG to offer a soft, delicate bite and filled with great flavor. Excellent in soups or salads or in a big aromatic and delicious pot of beans.

Re-hydrate in clear, cool water for 12-24 hours before cooking until tender. These big beans need plenty of time to absorb and expand, so give them at least a full day.

Where we got the Snow Cap beans: http://chilismith.com

Now, let’s look at how the necklace and bracelet were created:

The first task is to drill holes in the beans so you can string them together to make a necklace or a bracelet. A hand-dandy little battery-operated Dremel drill will do the trick. Be sure to get a drill bit small enough for a stringing wire or memory wire.

John fixed me with a little block of wood to put under the bean as I’m drilling. This ensures that the drill bit goes all the way through the bean. Some beans can be pretty tough!

These little dog food containers are handy to have around. here we have the drilled beans in the clear container and the spacer beads in the dog food container.

Picking out the spacer bead you want to use can mean a lot of experimenting. I finally decided on these adobe colored beads because they were the closest to brown in the beans.

 

 

 

 

The wooden disc for the pendant was just the right color.

Details about the Snow Cap necklace and bracelet can be found at the following links:

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http://gibsongrafe.com/products/snow-cap-beans-necklace

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How to Cook Beans

One cup dry beans yields 2.5-3 cups cooked beans. Soak 1 cup beans with 4 cups water.

Overnight Soak: Place beans and water in pan/bowl. Cover, let stand. Next morning, beans are ready to cook.

Quick Soak: Place beans and water in heavy pan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 1 hour. Beans are now ready to cook.

Cook: Add fresh water to drained, rinsed beans. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-60 minutes. Do not boil. Cooking time varies depending on size/type of beans and length of time in storage. Beans are done when they can be mashed with a fork. Wait to add any salts, acids or sugars until near the end of cooking.

Enjoy: Cooked beans can be added to soups, salads, side and main dishes. Cook a big batch and freeze the extra for use later on.

The preceding is thanks to Shady Side Farms, Holland, Michigan. Check the ABOUT US for their wonderful story.

http://shadysidefarm.com

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Red Cargamanto Beans

Red Cargamanto bean Aka frijol cargamanto rojo – Columbian Heirloom.
The cargamanto, grandmother of the cranberry bean, has a thinner skin and is plumper when cooked than her descendants, so this creamy, buttery bean literally melts on the tongue. Phaseolus vulgaris, the common bean, string bean, field bean, flageolet bean, French Cranberry beans originated in Colombia as the cargamanto bean.
These beans have beautiful red-speckled seeds with deep burgundy and caramel coloring.

The beans came from: http://caribbeangardenseed.com

The beans themselves are so beautiful that they deserved a glitzy spacer bean. So I found these iridescent bronze faceted glass beads. Perfect!

It took me quite a few experiments to find just the right center piece. Most that I tried fought with the beans for attention. Others were just too bland. I settled on the vintage Colombian bead which just seemed like it belonged there.

I had just enough beans left to make a matching pair of earrings with GF gold wires.

Here are the final creations:

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Just in case you want to grow some red Cargamanto beans:

Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed.
The benefits of beans are numerous – each half-cup serving (cooked) provides close to 40% of your daily fiber, 10 grams of protein, as well as iron and calcium. Their protein and fiber content makes them a filling addition to any meal and a welcome complement to your healthy diet.How to prepare themPopular in Italian cooking (where they’re better known as “borlotti” beans), these beans have a mild, sweet and nutty flavor and satisfyingly creamy texture.
This makes them a perfect ingredient in salads, soups, stews, spreads (hummus, anyone?), dips and other dishes.
To prepare cooked cargmanto beans, be sure to soak them overnight, then drain and rinse. Add 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour before serving.”

 

 

Good Mother Stallard Beans

Good Mother Stallard is a family heirloom that has been enjoyed for generations. It is a sweet tasting bean which has a very full rounded nutty taste. This is a meaty bean with a granular texture which is great for soups.

These beans came from Elegant Beans and Beyond,

http://www.elegantbeans.com

Check out their blog. It’s fabulous!

 

This is a fun bean to work with — the shell is relatively soft and easy to drill. The burgundy and white coloring is quite dramatic. Makes for fabulous Jewelry. The picture above is of the beginnings of a bracelet. The picture below is the finished bracelet.

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Eye of the Goat Beans

The Eye Of The Goat Bean (or “Ojo de Cabra” Beans) is an heirloom runner type bean related to Scarlet runner beans. They are round, slightly kidney shaped with a beige-tan background and curved brown stripes.
  • They have a creamy texture and keep their shape after cooking
  • The Eye of the Goat bean has a great natural flavor but still is very versatile and a perfect vehicle for bold flavors.
  • They can be substituted for pinto, black-eyed pea, cranberry, or red kidney beans
  • Source of beans: https://woodlandfoods.com

I love these beans! They have such a personality — the colors are beautiful and neutral — they will go with any wardrobe.

I must admit too that I have so much fun making things with these beans I have a tendency to skip some of the things I SHOULD do.

But I’m usually thrilled with the final product. Just can’t help myself.

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RED Kidney Beans

The kidney beans in this bracelet are truly spectacular! They almost look like jewels. The Dark Red Kidney is a famous dry bean, the biggest and best of baking beans! Matures in 95 days. Popular for its excellent flavor and many uses, this variety can be stored dry or canned.

Red kidney beans hail from Mexico and Central America, where they filled critical nutritional needs in the diet of the native peoples. Explorers and sailors also appreciated them for their dietary value, and because they could be stored for long periods of time. The traditional cuisine in Northern India uses red kidney beans, as well as food in the tradition of New Orleans.

See planting information at end of this blog. We ordered the beans from: www.caribbeangardenseed.com

I found the little reddish spacers in my stash in my workroom.

They are always full of surprises that I had even forgotten until I rummaged through them looking for just the right bead. Having this wonderful supply in my workroom because I had a stroke a few years ago and don’t get out that much.

Except for the day after tomorrow when John and I are driving to Enid, Oklahoma for a retirement celebration for Margaret (John’s daughter #2). She’s retiring after 21 years as a pilot for the Air Force. The retiring pilot has a farewell flight and John is going to be in the control tower during the flight.

But, back to the beans

The kidney bean bracelet is strung on silver-plate memory wire with little silver end caps. The bracelet has a little over two full rotations.

I think it’s quite stunning! (Even if I do say so myself.)

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If you want to grow your own large red kidney beans, here’s how:

Dry Bean – ‘Organic Red Kidney’

Red Kidney Bean Germination:
Direct sow seeds in rich, well drained soil in full sun at least a week after the last expected frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin.
Plant them 1″ deep and 3-6″ apart, in rows about 2′ apart; press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-10 days after planting.
For companion planting benefits, plant beans near carrots or beets; avoid planting them near onions.
After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.

Harvesting Red Kidney Bean:
If frost or inclement weather threatens before your beans are fully dry, pull them and allow them to continue drying under shelter. A good method for drying is to hang them upside down from their roots until the seeds rattle in the pods and are very hard. They should be completely dry 10-15 days later. Remove the seeds from the pods by hand, or thresh them by putting them in a bag and applying a heavy weight.

Saving Red Kidney Bean Seeds:
Thresh the beans by removing them from their pods. Store them in a dry, cool place; for best germination, use them in the next growing season.

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Luscious Green Fava Beans

These fava beans are an unusual but gorgeous shade of green. I must admit they’re hard to separate out from all the “normal” color beans, but worth the search.

 

The fava beans (all the different colors) were a Mother’s Day gift from Ann (John’s daughter #1) and her husband, David. I just couldn’t wait to get playing with those gorgeous beans.

Play time!

Once I had separated out all the green fava beans, I started rummaging again in that chaotic space I call my “studio”. What a giggle.

Those round plastic bead containers hold all kinds of treasures gathered over the years. There are also more storage boxes in the shelves along the wall.

More rummaging . . .

Well, somewhere in there, I found some antique brass flower-shaped beads that were a perfect compliment to the fava beans.

Then I discovered the perfect turquoise bead for the center bead.

From there on, it was pure serendipity. The clasp turned out to be perfect too!

 

If you get a chance, check out our web site for more information about this necklace:

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Jacob’s Cattle Beans

 

 

 

Gorgeous colors

The colors in these beads are spectacular! Burgundy and white combine to make wonderfully artistic beans. There are some interesting color variations among Jacob’s Cattle Bush beans and the ones in the bracelet seem to have more white than most.

This bracelet has been strung on silver memory wire and will fit on any size wrist and will be a great accessory for almost any outfit.

These Jacob’s Cattle Bush Beans came from:

https://shilohfarms.com

The finished bracelet has silver balls glued to both ends. The two bracelets are different sizes: One is two-strands around and the bigger one is four-strands around. Both are beautiful!

Memory wire is a wonderful invention, but if you use it don’t forget to use strong clippers designed for memory wire.

 

 

 

 

Finished bracelets

There are two bracelets in two sizes. Size refers to the number of rotations around the wrist. The small one has two rotations and the larger one has four. Either bracelet would make a wonderful accessory for almost any outfit.

 

 

 

 

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Mayflower Bean

MAYFLOWER BEANS

Some historical background

The story goes: The Mayflower Bean arrived in the US in the 1620s, on the Mayflower. After being introduced to the Americas, Mayflower Bean was cultivated by the people of the Carolina region of the country. The Mayflower Bean is a pole bean plant that produces cut-short beans. Cut-short beans are a type of bean where the seeds outgrow the hulls and the developing seeds push against each another making them appear square, rectangular, or have flattened sides. Mayflower Bean seeds are a beautiful creamy color with dark-red speckles that look spray painted on the edges. Use the young beans as snap string bean or use as a beautiful dry bean.

Just look at them now!

These beans may have been around for over 400 years now, but their muted colors are just beautiful. Shades of cream and rust and brown, make for a wonderful bracelet.

I was rummaging for a while in that strange space I call my workroom, and came across the PERFECT spacers — little cream and rust and brown shell “thingies” that matched perfectly — voila!

 

 

 

 

I just love the way the triple-stand memory wire bracelet turned out!

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