I read that the popularity of Peruvian beans (Peruano in Spanish), also sometimes called canary beans or Mexican yellow beans, has overtaken pinto beans in some parts of Mexico. That's saying a lot, considering the way Mexicans love their pintos. No too surprising, the popularity of Peruvian beans has also been growing in the desert southwest.
By the way, despite the name, Peruvian beans are actually a product of Mexico.
Dried Peruvian beans are about the same size as dried pinto beans, but are more dense so they cook-up to be a considerably larger bean. The distinctive yellow color and well-formed shape makes them easier to clean & inspect than pintos, since pebbles stand-out more. Our supermarket carries Peruvian beans in bulk, so they are very inexpensive.
I made about a 2 1/2 pound batch (dry basis). I soaked and cooked them as if they were pinto beans. I let my beans simmer about 4 hours to let them cook enough to fall apart, since I use them to make burritos. Cooked Peruvian beans are actually creamier than pinto beans. I like them, and I think I'll stay with them now.
I will still prefer pintos when I make chili though.
I vaguely remember reading that some guy either patented or attempted to patent canary beans, meaning ALL yellow dried beans. That was why it was hard for a few years to findem. Guess now they are available again he was denied the patent. Guess I will go back to the bodega and see if I can purchase a couple pounds.
Ok took me bit to know what you were talking about, I had always heard them referred to as Mayocoba beans. And they arent really yellow, more a tan/buff color.
I ran across some heirloom bean once that was truly bright yellow. Cant remember the name.
As far as commercially sold varieties of beans, I think for taste its hard to beat black beans. Course you cook them and they color everything.
Unfortunately commercial varieties of anything arent generally the tastiest. They are just the most profitable. Meaning they are easy to grow and produce well and have acceptable enough taste that people will buy them.
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