Elwood Orchards located in historic Londonderry offers a wide variety of farm product for U-Pick. Centrally located in Southern New Hampshire, Elwood has U-Pick Cranberry beans, often called shell beans in New England. The beans begin to appear in late summer as the harvest of string beans slows. Among the prettiest fall crops, their pale red streaked pods yield white beans blotched with the same red color.
Did you know…
Cranberry bean is considered as a heart food since it has the ability to lower cholesterol, control the levels of blood glucose in diabetics and reduce the risk of cancer. Cranberry beans are highly nutritious similar to many other beans and are a rich source of fiber, calcium and proteins. They also have a low calorie count and are free from cholesterol.
These creamy, slightly nutty beans are fantastic in soups and can be used as the base for many different favor profiles. The beans originate from Italy and naturally pair well with flavors like garlic, rosemary and sage. If you’re using fresh beans, shell them, rinse them and then simmer them in liquid like broth or even water for about 20-30 minutes until tender. Dried beans take much longer – up to 2 to 3 hours – to cook until tender, unless you soak them overnight before.
Cranberry Beans are known for their creamy texture with a flavor similar to chestnuts. These beans are a favorite in northern Italy and Spain. You can find them fresh in their pods in Autumn. They also freeze well. Another name for this bean in the U.S. is ‘French horticultural bean’.
Bean Picking Facts
- Look for cranberry beans late in the summer.
- Choose full pods that haven’t begun to wilt or dry out.
- Fresh cranberry beans will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
- Store dried cranberry beans in a cool, dark cupboard.
Farms that have fresh U-Pick Beans in Londonderry:
Elwood Orchard, fields open 8 AM to 6 PM
Picking season is generally end of July through September.