This beautiful large bean is usually purple with mottled black but can often be lavender. The Scarlet Emperor Bean, named for its flower, has a long history in Great Britain and other parts of Europe. It can be picked young when both pod and beans can be eaten.|
Basic Bean Cooking Instructions
Pick over beans and rinse thoroughly in cold water. Place cleaned beans in a bowl of fresh cold water, cover and soak for 3 to 8 hours or overnight at room temperature; drain and rinse well. Or place beans in a saucepan with water of cover, bring to a boil, remove from the heat , and soak for 1 1/2 hours, drain and rinse well. Cook beans by covering with 2" of water, simmering 1 to 2 hours or until tender depending on size of the bean.