Grown in Côtes d'Armor and Finistère, Brittany white haricot beans are fresh beans for podding.

1 kg = 400-450 g of podded peas

Weight

Juil. - Nov.

Saison

Harvested

by hand

No soaking needed

before cooking

Season

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Did you know?

Brittany white haricot beans are part of the Fabaceae family and are therefore legumes. They have been grown in Brittany since the last century when, in 1928, a sailor brought Coco beans back from Latin America and sowed them in his garden. Brittany beans are grown outside the production zone defined by the PDO for Coco de Paimpol, although their production method and taste qualities are similar.

These beans are harvested entirely by hand and sold fresh in their pods in 10kg sacks.

Every year, starting in August, some 2,000 pickers maintain the tradition of harvesting the beans using the so-called ‘plumage’ technique. This refers to the similarity with removing the feathers from poultry, though in this case it’s not a chicken on their knees but armfuls of foliage, with the pods separated by hand from the stems.

Cooking tips

HOW CHOOSE BRITTANY HARICOT BEANS

Make sure the pods are strong with no sign of decay.

The pods should be straw yellow in colour with purple marbling and the seeds should be white and oval, almost round, in shape.

HOW TO PREPARE BRITTANY HARICOT BEANS

The first step is to remove the beans from their pods. It’s a legume that does not require soaking before cooking, but the beans can be washed before cooking.

1 kg of Brittany haricots provides around 400/450g of beans, which is an ideal portion for 3 to 4 people.

 

HOW TO COOK BRITTANY HARICOT BEANS

For cooking beans, allow:

30 to 40 mins

In boiling water

20 to 30 mins

Steam cooking (pressure cooker)

If you want to make creamed or crushed beans or a gratin, extend the cooking time.

Tip: only add salt 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. If you add salt at the start of the cooking time, the beans tend to toughen up.

HOW TO STORE BRITTANY HARICOT BEANS

Pod the beans and cook them shortly after purchase.

Once cooked, keep your Brittany beans in their cooking water. They will keep for a few days in the fridge.

With no loss in quality, these beans can be frozen and enjoyed all year round.

Pairings and recipe ideas

Be daring with your pairing! Hot or cold, Brittany haricot beans are great with:

  • Shellfish (mussels, cockles and scallops)
  • Fish
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Spicy charcuterie (andouille, chorizo etc.)
  • Sausages, as in the famous cassoulet stew!

Chef’s tip

Switch it up!

Brittany haricot beans are just as good cold in salads or houmous as they are hot as an accompaniment, purée or soup. 

Nutrition

The health benefits of Brittany haricot beans are numerous. They are high in fibre and folic acid, and also a source of iron, magnesium and phosphorus.

Energy (kj/kcal) 652/155
Far (g) 1
of which saturated fat (g) 0.2
Carbohydrate (g)

20

of which sugar (g) 2.5
Dietary fibre (g) 8.9

Protein (g)

12
Salt (g) 0.01
Iron (mg) 3.2
Magnésium (mg) 64.5
Phosphorus (mg) 196
Folic acid (B9 in µg)

167

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