The cranberry bean looks similar to the pinto bean but differs in taste. Their high nutritional value makes them a great selection for a number of dishes like summer salsa. Although cranberry beans are also a great bean to simmer in the crockpot alone to enjoy as a side dish too. The beans themselves are usually white or cream with deep red speaks on them that disappear when you cook the beans. Cranberry beans are mild in flavor and almost taste like a nut.
Like many legumes, cranberry beans are a good source of protein and other dietary needs. They are high in fiber; cranberry beans are an excellent source of folate and have some thiamin & riboflavin. These spotted beans are fairly low in vitamins overall. However, they have some important minerals: Potassium, copper, iron, and calcium. Therefore, they may be a great addition for growing in your summer gardens too!
Are you enjoying legumes this season? Try adding cranberry beans to the mix of beans you enjoy cooking/eating.