A new hand-harvested crop straight from Europe into your pantry. Giant, fat, white runner beans that are creamier and more luxurious than Greek and Spanish gigandes and a little denser than traditional Italian coronas. Royal Corona beans can replace any white bean but be prepared to be astounded by how big they are when cooked. Fully cooked, they can be a little starchy but you can also keep cooking until they reach the creamy point.
This is our first venture outside of the New World (although this bean's origins are clearly in Mexico) and we are happy to offer you this giant legume, created in Mesoamerica, bred in Italy and grown in Poland. Here at Rancho Gordo, Royal Coronas have replaced Runner Cannellini. They are superior and they are here for you to enjoy. If you prefer a smaller white bean, we recommend the Cassoulet bean, another white runner bean.
Cooking suggestions: These oddly grand beans can be enjoyed in salads, tossed with wild mushrooms, or even pureed for a unique filling for ravioli and other stuffed pastas. You can push things even further and enjoy a superior creamy bean that needs only a few shavings of Parmesan and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Naturally, they’d be great in soups but don’t forget them in a chile sauce. A true alternative to meat.
Latin name: Phaseolus coccineus
Country of production: Poland