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Legumes

Fassolia Hantres Giahni or Barbounofassoula (Stewed Borlotti Beans)

These beans are called barbounofassoula or hantres in Greek, 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.

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Ampelofassoula or Louvi (Fresh Black Eyed Peas) and Marida (Picarel)

Ampelofassoula are the fresh green green beans (Vigna unguiculata) also known as cow peas, also called louvi in Cyprus.  These beans are eaten before they mature,usually boiled and eaten as a salad with olive oil and lemon juice.  When they ripen the seeds are dried become the well known black eyed peas.

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Revithia giahni sti gastra (stewed chickpeas) and a virtual tour to Sparti

Revithia giahni sti gastra is a vegan dish with stewed chickpeas, traditionally cooked in a clay pot and baked in a wood burning oven.  However, not all of us have wood burning ovens or clay pots but we can still cook it in a Dutch oven or any casserole dish in our home oven.   If you don’t have any of the above, use a baking tin which cover with an aluminium tent.

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