The Reade krobbe is a very special little bean. It is beautifully deep red with golden spots and it is cultivated very locally, in the Fresian woods in the North of the Netherlands. Reade krobbe is a Fresian name and it means red little one. The Fresians also call this beauty Krupke, which basically means hug. It is not a famous bean, but its remarkable coat is very recognisable. You'll also be surprised by the sharpness of the taste of the Reade krobbe. The Reade krobbe keeps shape very well during cooking and is a versatile little fellow. This little one is very suitable for chili con carne for instance, but it is also perfect for filling wraps together with minced meat, lettuce, mushrooms and tomatoes. Basically, you name it and the Reade krobbe can do it.
Soak the beans in cold water for approximately 8 hours. Rinse them. Put them in a pan in cold water and bring to the boil, without adding salt. Simmer the beans gently in 1 to 2 hours until cooked, while checking occasionally for tenderness and to inspect if there is still enough water in the pan.
When you keep them in a dark and dry place they keep very well for at least one year.
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