Hantres pronounced HAN-tress, also called barbounofassoula, is a type of kidney bean with a pink speckled skin that turns brown when cooked.
The name hantres in Greek, means beads.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Then 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.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!