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Fassolia Ηantres Giahni or Barbounofassoula (Stewed Borlotti Beans)

This is a recipe from last summer and I’ve been wanting to post it for a long time but I wasn’t sure of the name of these beans in English.

In Greek these are called barbounofassoula or hantres (which means beads).  When these are fresh and green they are called fassolia barbounia (runner beans) Phaseolous Coccineus which are a hybrid of Phaseolous Vulgaris (the common bean)  and when they are ripe their pods become beige and red and inside the beans are off-white with red markings.  However, when cooked they loose this lovely colour.

After asking for help on Facebook,  I found out that they are called Cranberry Beans or Borlotti beans.

As I was a bit confused about the name, I continued google searching to find out what the English name is for these beans I found a couple of different names.

According to Wikipedia, cranberry beans originated in Colombia as the cargamanto.   The bean is a medium-large, tan or hazelnut-colored bean, splashed with red/black to magenta streaks. A new cranberry bean variety, Crimson, is light tan and speckled maroon, and is also resistant to viruses and has a high yield.

Crimson is a new cranberry dry bean.

Borlotti beans, also known as Roman beans or romano beans (not to be confused with Italian flat beans, a green bean also called “romano bean”), are a variety of cranberry bean bred in Italy to have a thicker skin. It is very popular in Italian, Portuguese and Greek cuisine.

Pinto beans look the same as cranberry and borlotti beans, but differ in taste.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a picture of the beans for you to have your own conclusions.

I am still continuing my diet and I am now minus 13 kilos.  This is one of the dishes I enjoy as they are delicious, with a meatier texture than common beans and a good source of protein and fibre (see Borlotti.com).

Fassolia Ηantres Giahni or Barbounofassoula (Stewed Borlotti Beans),  recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:  1 hour
Cooking time:  45 – 60 minutes
Serves:  5


  • 1 kilo shelled borlotti or cranberry beans  (about 2 kilos with their shell on)
  • 300 grams of ampelofassoula (fresh black eyed beans) (optional)
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 – 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 / 3 cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, pureed in blender together with 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Vegetable stock or water


  1. Sauté the onions and garlic until translucent and add the green beans (ampelofassoula) and mix them for a few minutes.
  2. Add the barbounofasoula (borlotti beans) and mix well.
  3. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and vegetable stock or water to cover beans.
  4. Bring to a boil, lower heat and close with the lid.  Simmer for about an hour.
  5. Shortly before turning off the heat, add the parsley and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. The remaining family ate them with feta cheese or Marides tiganites (fried pickerel).

Note:  You can skip ampelofassoula if you can’t get any.

Update:  11 June, 2013

Hantres Giahni (stewed Borlotti beans)

At the end of summer, these beans are quite cheap, so last summer, I bought some and after cleaning and washing them, I drained them and divided them into portions for 2 persons.  I stored them in the deep freezer and today when I was cleaning the deep freezer, I found the last batch. which I cooked, in a slightly different way.

I boiled the beans for ten minutes and drained them.  I added olive oil to a small pot and sauteed 2 green onions.  I added a crushed roasted garlic and the beans which I mixed for two minutes.  In a food processor I pureed 5 small fresh ripe tomatoes, which I added with an organic vegetable bouillon, salt and pepper and about 1/4 cup water, just to clean the food processor from leftover tomato.  Afer boiling point, I lowered the heat and let them simmer for half an hour.  I turned the heat off and mixed in 2 tbsp fresh dill.


Borlotti beans - hantres

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24 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the weight loss Ivy…well done! And keep it up! I love Barbounofassoula (especially when my mum prepares them).
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  2. That dish looks really good and healthy! Very tasty.



  3. Caffettiera

    Indeed these look identical to the borlotti beans that are so common in Italy. I am a huge fan of beans, I wish I could get them fresh here..

  4. Inviting,nutritious dish..

  5. I love hantres, they are such flavorful beans. I prepare them almost the same way as you.
    They look incredibly appetizing Ivy.
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  6. Anna

    Ivy well done on your grea weight loss!

  7. matrioskasadventures

    Hi Ivy, happy to read you again!Really inviting one!
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  8. I have been enjoying fresh beans as well. They are not easy to find here, so when I do, I am excited. Very nice dish with borlotti. And congratulations on your milestone.

  9. I have definitely seen these beans at the farmers markets in Portland this summer but you eat the entire bean – not just the center part. They are beautiful and wow, I love the greek name for these. I love how you prepared them as well. You know my Aunt Mary makes beans like this and every time I try they just never turns out like hers, which are the best. I'm gonna check your recipe next time! Ps. Thanks for commenting on my blog -challenge for 7 links. Hope you get the chance.
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  10. looks super tasty 🙂 love Greek dishes like this

  11. Ivy, I never seen these beans…they are so pretty…and the recipe looks gorgeous, so tasty.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week, and thank you for introducing me to these beans 🙂

  12. Recipie and description of the sublime.
    Very good as always.
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  13. Borlotti beans are one of my favorites! I only wish they kept their color after being cooked. They sound great in this dish with tomatoes.

  14. Cakelaw

    I do love a good bean recipe – they are filling and hearty and delicious, and this recipe sure fits the bill.

  15. ivy,thanks for your visit and comment!:)and congrats for your weight loss,you are fantastic!
    your bean stew looks very tempting,it's very healthy and i think it's a good ideea for my next meal!:)

  16. Possum

    They are called October beans in the US south. Planted in August and the dry beans ready in
    October. Used as a meat substitute with a meal of cornbread and canned tomatoes from the garden.
    The young tender bean can be used as a greenbean..they are often called "shellies" because you have
    to shell the bean from the pod. Have a very rich meat taste.

  17. 13 kilos! Wow! Congrats! You must feel fabulous! And these beans are a favorite in our house. They are quite common in France and my husband makes them the French way which is very similar to your recipe! Delicious!
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  18. Erica

    I love beans! Congratulations, Ivy! It is so hard to lose weight. Great job!

  19. Wow, congratulations on your weight loss. I wish I had your will power. Love the simplicity of this recipe and shall look out for them.

  20. I tried your recipe and we loved it!

  21. Looks very delish Ivy – love to try new bean recipes. I tried before your fasolia gigante recipe and now it’s a family fav! have nice day!
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  22. […] cooked with fresh (not-dried) beans before, so I’m going to try something different – stewed beans, maybe over […]

  23. […] when I saw directions for cooking fresh borlotti beans on Kopiaste – a Greek cooking blog that I subscribe to – I bookmarked it.  I figured that, if […]

  24. Melva Holmes

    Ps. Recipie and description of the sublime. Inviting,nutritious dish.. And congratulations on your milestone.

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