Aren't these purple beans gorgeous? I have neglected to post about Weeks 6 and 7 of my CSA Bounty, but I just had to post about these beans.
I have never seen aubergine colored beans before - they are beautiful just to look at. They came with our Week 7 CSA bounty yesterday, along with some of the bright green beans I'm used to seeing. So I had to cook some up along with a few almonds. Lo and behold - these beans change color!
I first noticed it when I put them in the pan and went to flip them, pancake style:
After about 10 minutes of slow cooking in the skillet, the purple beans had turned completely green. There is a scientific explanation for it, but I just think it's neat. Those three beans that are still really bright are beans I picked right from my own garden after work today! They were also very delicious. Beans with almonds is one of my favorite ways to eat beans, and a good combination of things for my vegetarian self.
I received my copy of the Transition Towns Handbook today, which is why I named these beans Transition Beans. Their proper name is Royal Purple Beans, but I have a feeling the Transition Bean name is going to stick with me for a while!
Alright, time to make a cup of tea and dig into that Transition Town Handbook...