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Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

We’re not shy about touting all the scientifically proven benefits of beans, which is why we’re excited to partner with Chelsea Didinger, PhD Candidate, to dive into the role beans play in promoting gut health.
Brothy beans with gremolata and Greek yogurt

Brothy beans with gremolata and Greek yogurt

Herby gremolata (chopped, never blended) adds color, zippy flavor, and texture, and stirring in Greek yogurt brings a tangy brightness to the broth.
Primary Beans hummus recipe with Organic chickpeas

Best hummus recipe

High-quality chickpeas and tahini, which blend together to make the creamiest version of this classic dip, make all the difference. You can play with the toppings depending on what’s in your pantry.
A special note for Earth Day

A special note for Earth Day

It’s a privilege to celebrate all our progress this Earth Day– it’s a reminder that a group of passionate individuals working collectively towards a shared vision is the best way to create change.
What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

Our Montana farm is looking towards regenerative agriculture to sustain the future of the farm. But like any buzzword, the definition can get muddled, so we sat down with owner Jeff Bangs.
Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

We sat down with our Montana-based farm partner to learn more about the Marvel chickpea variety, what makes it so special, and how its virtues extend well beyond its culinary traits.
Rustic Bakery's Meyer lemon chickpea spread

Rustic Bakery's Meyer lemon chickpea spread

Our friends at Rustic Bakery adapted the recipe for home cooks. Bright and citrusy from 2 whole Meyer lemons and lots of cilantro, this recipe makes the most of California’s winter citrus season.
When is the best time to salt beans?

When is the best time to salt beans?

The exact timing for adding salt is controversial among cooks. In this experiment, I ran four different tests on Chickpeas from Primary Beans to determine the best method. By Karishma Pradhan.
Do I need to soak beans?

Do I need to soak beans?

There is a huge debate around whether you need to soak beans in advance of cooking them. To test these theories, I cooked 5 varieties of beans from Primary Beans in an Instant Pot. By Karishma Pradhan.
What is the best method to cook beans?

What is the best method to cook beans?

There are several ways to cook beans at home, from stovetop to the Instant Pot. My goal was to determine the best method and identify any differences between methods. By Karishma Pradhan.
The science behind cooking beans

The science behind cooking beans

Bean cooking can get a bit controversial, so in partnership with Primary Beans, Karishma Pradhan set out to put an end to some of the most pressing bean cooking questions.
Venezuelan-style arepas with secret sauce

Venezuelan-style arepas with secret sauce

While living on the East Coast we became obsessed with the stuffed cornmeal cakes, known as arepas, from NYC's Caracas Arepas Bar. We still dream about the signature tangy, bright-yellow sauce.
Kenyan kunde-inspired beans in a peanut-tomato sauce with Primary Beans

Kenyan kunde-inspired beans in a peanut-tomato sauce

Kunde is a Kenyan dish featuring black-eyed peas cooked in a peanut-tomato sauce. This recipe swaps out the black-eyed peas for cranberry beans and comes together in a snap. 
Mediterranean-inspired tomato and bean salad with Primary Beans

Mediterranean-inspired tomato and bean salad

I love the bright, refreshing flavors of a Mediterranean, Greek-style salad. This is a loosely inspired dish, featuring tomatoes, salty feta, and lots of fresh herbs. 
Mexican-inspired refried beans with pickled onions with Primary Beans

Mexican-inspired refried beans with pickled onions

I love refried beans, and though I typically see them made with pinto beans, cranberry beans act as an excellent substitute. Cranberry beans are slightly milder in flavor but still yield a delicious result.
Indian-inspired bean tadka with Primary Beans

Indian-inspired bean tadka

Creamy cranberry beans pair nicely with fat and spice, ideal for Indian cooking. Tadka is a South Asian technique used to bloom spices in oil to extract their essential flavor compounds.
Blog posts Italian-inspired brothy beans with Primary Beans

Italian-inspired brothy beans

A good bowl of brothy beans is simple to put together, but oh-so-comforting! The ingredients here are inspired by Italian cooking, like anchovies, garlic, and lemon.

1 pot of beans, 5 tasty meals

1 pot of beans, 5 tasty meals

Here are 5 distinct meals made from a pot of Cranberry beans, featuring various cuisines across the globe. These are “no-recipe” recipes, so they’re highly flexible and adaptable.
Abra Berens' cranberry bean salad with roasted carrots and mojo de ajo

Abra Berens' cranberry bean salad w/ roasted carrots + mojo de ajo

I came to know cranberry beans in the kitchen at Petersham Nurseries under the tutelage of Skye Gyngell. She called them by their Italian name, borlotti beans.
Abra Berens' tomato and parsnip stew with wilted kale

Abra Berens' tomato + parsnip stew w/ wilted kale

I like to finish these stews in the oven to slowly evaporate the liquid while creating a bit of a crust on top. It takes a little longer but requires less attention than the stovetop...
Abra Berens' greens + bean pot licker

Abra Berens' greens + bean pot licker

My friend Erin Stanley turned me on to cooking broccolini with some pasta cooking water until it is just about to fall apart. Swap pot liquor for pasta water and here we are. 
Company update from our founders (November 2021)

Company update from our founders (November 2021)

Launching this next crop is a huge milestone for us and our small team is working feverishly to get so many new and exciting things launched around the holidays.
Cheesy baked beans in tomato sauce recipe with Primary Beans Organic Ayocote Blanco beans

Cheesy baked beans in tomato sauce

An easy and comforting dinner that comes together quickly during the week. The anchovies dissolve and add a savory complexity. For a complete meal, serve over a pile of orzo or with crusty bread.
Spicy bean cakes recipe with Primary Beans organic Flor de Junio beans

Spicy bean cakes with cilantro-yogurt sauce

These spicy bean cakes are a fun cross between bean patties and my mom’s pakoras. Their crisp exterior and warm, flavorful interior pair beautifully with a dollop of cooling cilantro-yogurt sauce. 
Food Memories Q&A with Karishma Pradhan with Home Cooking Collective

Food memories: Q&A with Karishma Pradhan

Meet Karishma Pradhan, an incredibly talented recipe developer who speaks our language about mastering the basics for easy and flexible meals at home.
Primary Beans Cranberry beans with radicchio recipe

Cranberry beans with grilled radicchio vinaigrette

Our ideal fall salad comes together in a pinch with distinctly bitter radicchio, nutty cranberry beans, and a bright vinaigrette. Applying high heat to the chicories brings out their natural sweetness.
Primary Beans Organic Chickpeas with chicories recipe

Fall chickpea salad with charred chicories

Lemony marinated chickpeas, salty crumbled feta, and a silky spicy dressing round out the charred chicories. Best of all, it’s satisfying enough as a standalone dish.  
A note about climate change from our CEO

A note about climate change from our CEO

As we get ready to bring incredible new bean varieties to your table, we’ve also been navigating the realities that come with working directly with farms. 
Unique Hammond The Bean Protocol interview with Primary Beans

The Bean Protocol™, explained: Conversation with Unique Hammond

We chatted with Unique Hammond, Bean Protocol™ specialist, about the healing powers of plant-based eating, the science behind the protocol, and why beans are key to a healthy overall well-being.
Baked beans with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

No-ketchup sticky baked beans

I grew up in New England, and few things remind me of fall more than a big pot of baked beans served on a crisp day. The baked beans of my childhood are, to my now grown-up palate, a little too sweet, so...
Jarrett Melendez

Food memories: Q&A with Jarrett Melendez

We chatted with our friend and recipe developer, Jarrett Melendez, about his early food memories, cooking style, and how he's merging his loves for comics and food.
Taco salad recipe with Primary Beans Bayo beans

Summer taco salad

This recipe is fresh, tangy, flavorful, and hearty enough to be a meal. The dressing gets its creamy consistency from Greek yogurt, jazzed up with lime juice and chipotles in adobo. 
Panzanella recipe with Primary Beans Ayocote Blanco beans

Peak-summer panzanella

The best combination of two of our favorite “heirlooms”: tomatoes and beans! We’ve loved panzanella ever since we discovered this pure genius of a salad. Our version features hearty Ayocote Blanco beans...
Enfrijoladas recipe by Primary Beans

Sofia and Francisco's enfrijoladas

Enfrijoladas are a go-to weeknight dinner throughout Mexico and we get why: tortillas smothered in a smooth, rich bean sauce makes for a super simple, yet comforting dish.
Refried beans recipe by Primary Beans

No-fail refried beans

Once you’ve made a pot of beans using our guide, you’ve allllmost made refried beans. All you need is a little more fat to fry everything up. If you can find quality, pasture-raised lard, use it for the best flavor...
Turkish bean salad (piyaz) recipe with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Turkish bean salad (piyaz)

A traditional Turkish salad recipe developed in partnership with New York Shuk that comes together quickly to make your summer easy and delicious. We love how the zingy preserved lemon paste and sumac...