Beans from Gernika
Which area of Spain is it typical?
- Autonomous region: Basque Country
This type of bean, of American origin, has been grown in this area since the 18th century. Nowadays it is the basis for many stew and casserole recipes.
The Gernika bean is a pinto bean, magenta in colour with red or pinkish marks. It is ovoid in shape and between 1 and 1.5cm in size. It must be whole, smooth and appear covered in skin. It is traditionally produced, grown on small allotments beside the large houses. The Basque Food Quality Label granted this bean, in 1999, the Kalitatea distinction. It must be pointed out that only beans classified at tasting as excellent or very good obtain this quality label.
- Type of product: Pulses
- Season: The bean is harvested by hand at the end of September and, in October, after being left to dry for a period of time that varies depending on the rain, it can be eaten throughout the year.
- Origin: The cultivation area covers the whole province of Vizcaya, but greatest production is centred on the counties of Mungia, Lea Artibai and Busturia.
- To drink with it: It will depend on the method of preparation and the ingredients of the dish, but the beans are generally delicious accompanied by txacoli from Getaria and crianza or young red wines, especially those from La Rioja.
- Energy: Average
- Cholesterol: 0
- Comments: Rich in carbohydrates, calcium and fibre.