Saturday, January 30, 2010

Badda Bianca

The Badda Bean has been grown in Sicily for more than two decades. The word "Badda" refers to the ball shape of the bean. The bean seeds were brought back from Italy by Lee and Wayne when they traveled there to attend the Tierra Madre Slow Food event.

Badda Beans are traditionally used for pasta e fagioli, or pasta and beans. Toss some of these gold an white litle balls in with your favorite winter pasta dish or try something entirely new with them. Soups, bean salads, baked, the possibilities are endless.

The Badda grows with long vines and needs support. If you have ever walked the Tierra fields in the summer time you can find sunflowers supporting the varieties of beans that need vertical support.

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