Black Beans aka Black Turtle Beans- USA/CANADA
The Black bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, also known as turtle beans, black turtle beans, black Spanish beans, black Mexican bean, Tampico beans, and Venezuelan beans, is related to the kidney bean.
Black beans are used dried; originally the drying of beans was a way to ensure a winter food supply, as beans can be successfully dried and stored for up to a year, with hardly any fear of deterioration or damage.
Black beans are small (about the size of a pea), oval and jet black. They have cream colored flesh, a mild, sweet, earthy taste, and a soft texture.
It is often called simply the black bean (frijol negro in Spanish, feijï¿½o preto in Portuguese, “caraotas negras” in Venezuela), although this can cause confusion with other black beans.