“Flageolet Beans and also known as the “Caviar of Beans” are wonderful beans that are popular in France but are now available all over the world. They are low in fat, low in calories, full of protein, and a good source of B vitamins and potassium… they don’t require soaking and they cook quickly.”
Where they Grow – Flageolet Beans pronounced flah-joh-lay… love moderate climates and thrive in areas like Europe, The US (Especially in California), Australia, and many other places around the world. Flageolet Beans are also known as Elsa Beans, Flamingo Beans, Cheverbel Beans, Rio des Verts Beans, Chelinex Beans, and more common names… and they go back as far as the 1800’s as a great tasting and nutritious food.
Taste – Flageolet Beans are mild in flavor, are creamy, they plump up nicely and are usually used to replace white beans. They are a light tasting bean that goes well with garlic, carrots, onions, celery, thyme, and even bay leaves, and can even work well with hearty tomato and curry sauces. These beans now come in many different colors other than the traditional light green. And they do not require soaking like other beans, so they are easy to use in many different recipes.
Folic Acid and Other B Vitamins – Folic acid is very important to prevent birth defects and Flageolet Beans contain a good amount of this important nutrient. In fact 100 grams of Flageolet Beans contain almost 400 mcg of Folic Acid… making them a great source of this vital nutrient. Plus Flageolet Beans also contain lots of other B Vitamins.
Protein – Flageolet Beans contain many proteins including – Alanine, Arginine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Isoleucine, Threonine, Tyrosine, Leucine, Lysine , and even Valine… thus making them great for vegans and vegetarians. In fact per 100 grams of Flageolet Beans contain almost 24 grams of protein.
Weight Loss – Flageolet Beans contain only about 150 calories per 1/4 cup of dried beans… making them great for any weight loss program, and they are very low in fat.
Fiber – Flageolet Beans contain lots of great fiber making them great for building our immune system by providing a good environment for growing probiotic bacteria.
Carbs – Carbs are necessary for life and for good mood and health. Flageolet Beans contain a good source of vital energy (Carbs) to keep a person moving and enjoying life.
Potassium – Flageolet Beans contain over 1,400 mgs of potassium per 100 grams of beans. Potassium is important for preventing osteoporosis, for good heart contractions, and for water regulation.
Also Contains – Flageolet Beans also contain lots of iron and copper for anemia, phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, magnesium and manganeses for enzyme production and for stress, selenium and zinc for immunity, Vitamin C for boosting our immune system and for cellular integrity, Vitamin E for great skin and sexual enhancement, Vitamin K to prevent excessive clotting and tryptophan to help a person relax and get a good nights rest.
Cooking – Flageolet Beans require very short cooking times and do not require soaking before cooking making them easy to use in many dishes. The nice thing about Flageolet Beans is that they don’t fall apart, and resist breaking while cooking. If you google “Flageolet Beans Recipes” lots of great tasting including casseroles, salads, soups, stews, and more recipes will come up. And they are commonly used with lamb and chicken recipes.
Growing – Flageolet Beans like rich loamy soils, lots of sun, and lots of composed manure… and they enjoy warm sunny days and warm nights. The pods of these beans are not edible, but the beans are worth their weight in gold.
Finding – They can be found on-line by googling “Buy Flageolet Beans” or they can be ask for at your local supermarket or health food store. Even Bob’s Red Mill has them and they can be found on Amazon.
Enjoy Flageolet Beans – these little bundles of great taste will be another part of your culinary health.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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