Farmer’s Market Find: Horticulture Beans (aka Borlotti) in a rich Turkey Stock

Okay, so I tried to keep it simple.


Horticulture beans, aka cranberry beans or borlotti beans

If you can find fresh horticulture beans/ borlotti beas/ cranberry beans, this is the recipe for you.

To learn more about horticulture beans, read here:

Note:  I did not blanch these beans before freezing.  It did not seem to affect their quality, as they turned out fabulous!


  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cups trimmed, washed and sliced leeks
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh horticulture beans (as my farmer calls them), aka cranberry or borlotti beans
  • 1 small sprig rosemary
  • 1 small sprig thyme
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 to 2 cups stock plus enough water to make a quart
  • extra water if needed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method

  1. Saute the leeks or onions in olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how “caramelized” you want them.  Add the beans and water, a total of 4 to 5 cups water for 2 cups of fresh/frozen beans; more for dried beans (which would benefit from an overnight soaking, depending on how old they are)
  2. Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to 2 hours.  Mine simmered for just over 2 hours, so the stock was very reduced and this really resembled a bean ragu.

These beans were fabulous!  They were like a buttery bean mousse melting in your mouth.  I wanted everyone to try this, but didn’t want to give any away!

Note: I did make my own turkey stock, which turned out really well-seasoned.  I did not need to add any seasoning at the end.


Fresh Horticulture / borlotti/ cranberry beans


Primary ingredients: frozen horticulture beans, minced leeks, rosemary, thyme, toato paste, and reallly good turkey stock. Makes yummy beans…


Putting the frozen beans into the gelatinized turkey stock.


Horticulture Beans in a rich turkey stock…like a buttery bean mousse! Just melts in your mouth.

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