Haricot Tarbais is the traditional bean used in France for cassoulet. This oven braised stew of sausage, meat and beans is traditional winter fair. These beans come from a small village in the south of France named Tarbais, although their origin was the New World, pre-sixteenth century. Haricot Tarbais are a type of pole bean. The beans are planted at the same time as corn. This enables the corn stalk to act as the pole for the beans. Once the beans are fully mature they must be harvested. However, since they are entangled in corn they must be harvested by hand. This labor-intensive process happens in early September every year. Tarbais Beans have a very thin skin and a subtle taste.|
Cooked Tarbais Beans, tossed with lemon and fresh herbs, is a delightful companion dish to fish, meat or poultry. This bean is a classic for French cassoulets of lamb and vegetables.
Imported from France
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.