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Rancho Gordo - Cassoulet (Tarbais) Beans / 16 oz.

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West Coast–grown from classic French Tarbais seed stock. The most famous bean for a traditional cassoulet but versatile enough to become an everyday favorite.

  • 16 oz. cellophane bag of dry heirloom beans.
  • Super creamy white bean based on the French classic.
  • Use in French-style cassoulet, salads, or casseroles.
  • Works in Italian soups such as pasta e fagioli.
  • Product of the USA.

Is it marketing or is it history? Some would argue that a cassoulet isn't a cassoulet without Tarbais beans. There are many more interesting arguments to be had, but we think once you taste these, you'll agree that it's a great bean. Large, white and super-creamy, Rancho Gordo's Cassoulet Bean is ideally suited to the slow-cooked goodness of a cassoulet. All the various meats and seasonings mingle with the mild but sturdy beans and with a little effort, you have one of the classic dishes of southwest France.

Rather than suffer French prices, which can run up to $30 a pound when out of season, Rancho Gordo took seed from France and produced this bean with the distinct terroir in California. Tarbais beans were developed by generations of farmers in Tarbes, France. The original seed is a New World bean and most likely originated in Mexico. Out of respect for the French farmers and terroir, wRancho Gordo decided to call the bean Cassoulet Bean. They think in order to call it Tarbais, it should be grown in southwestern France.

You can follow the classic rules for cassoulet or you can experiment and be creative. A casserole of Cassoulet Beans with odds and ends from your refrigerator and larder, topped with good bread crumbs and dotted with butter before a trip to the oven would be a welcome dish on a winter's table.

To cook these beans as they would in France, simmer with carrot, onion, garlic, peppercorns, and a bouquet garni (bay leaves, celery leaves, fresh parsley, and/or fresh thyme tied with string or placed in a cheesecloth bag). For an extra-rich broth, throw in a thick slice of pancetta or a ham hock.

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ManufacturerRancho Gordo
In-Store Pickup OnlyNo
Product Feature 5Product of the USA.
Product Feature 3Use in French-style cassoulet, salads, or casseroles.
Product Feature 2Super creamy white bean based on the French classic.
Product Feature 116 oz. cellophane bag of dry heirloom beans.
Product Feature 4Works in Italian soups such as pasta e fagioli.
Package Quantity (must be a number)1
Locally Made?No
Staff Favorite?No
Country of OriginUnited States
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