Orca Heirloom Beans for Dinner

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Orca Heirloom Beans for Dinner
Orca Heirloom Beans for Dinner

The Orca heirloom beans are also called Calypso, Yin-Yang and Vaquero. These beans are white and black and are grown in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, however are native to the Caribbean. These beans are a good source of fiber and iron as well as provide ten grams of protein per serving.

Orca Heirloom Beans
Orca Heirloom Beans

As you know I like to discover new foods and being a bean lover when I saw this orca beans at the store I had to buy them and bring them to my kitchen. I cooked these beans with water, garlic, cumin and salt.

Orca Heirloom Beans for Dinner

Orca Beans Recipe

Chef Adriana Martin
The Orca heirloom beans are also called Calypso, Yin-Yang and Vaquero. I cooked these beans with water, garlic, cumin and salt. And used the pressure cooker.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, side dish
Cuisine American Contemporary
Servings 15 servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag of orca heirloom beans approximately 1 pound
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 large garlic clove or three small ones.
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Clean the beans and rinse them with water. Place inside the pressure cooker and add the water, garlic and condiments and close.
  • Cook the beans for 40 minutes on the stove. When ready use precaution when opening the pressure cooker. You have to follow instructions contained on the users manual.
  • Serve de beans and enjoy as a side, eat alone or with your favorite rice.

Notes

You can cook the orca beans on the stove using a conventional pot however it will take more than 2 hours for them to be ready.  Same applies if decided to use a slow cooker. You can cook them there bit will take long hours.
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And I used the pressure cooker to save time. You can use a slow cooker or you can cook them on a pot in the stove however those will take around 60 – 90 minutes to cook in the stove and several hours if decided to use the slow cooker technique.

Cooking the orca beans in the pressure cooker
Cooking the orca beans in the pressure cooker

The taste of this orca heirloom beans is very good. They preserve their distinctive color after cooking. You can use these beans to prepare sides dishes, in soups and stews and to add to salads.

The Orca heirloom beans are also called Calypso, Yin Yang and Vaquero
The Orca heirloom beans are also called Calypso, Yin-Yang and Vaquero

I think adding the orca bean to a chili will be a great idea too. Using something different from the traditional red pinto beans is always a welcome change.

If you like black beans you will enjoy this orca heirloom beans
If you like black beans you will enjoy this orca heirloom beans

At home, we like to eat beans with rice, so I served the orca beans on top of rice and to complement a delicious Mexican Adobo Pork Shoulder. The spiciness of the pork combined with the creaminess of the beans and the rice make it a perfect combo.

The Orca heirloom beans are native to the Caribbean
The Orca heirloom beans are native to the Caribbean

The orca beans are a specialty product and can only be found in stores that sell gourmet or specialty food ingredients. If you find them I encourage you to try them and cook them following my recipe. They are very tasty. Besides beans are also a good ingredient that complement our everyday menu too.


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CourtneyLynne

Omg can we say yum?!?! Perfect excuse to break out the pressure cooker! Can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

Carrie

I’ve never heard of these beans before but they look really good and I always like to try something new! I wonder if I can find them here in Norway.

Mary

I’ve never heard of these. Where can you find them? Do they go by another name?

Brandy

Those are some awesome looking beans. I can see why they called them Orca beans. I may have to print out this recipe.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

I have never heard of these beans before. I think their speckled pattern is just neat and fun to look at!

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