The butter bean in Portuguese feijao manteiga, is a medium sized bean with a velvety and creamy taste.
It needs a tropical climate to grow.
The butter bean is often used in soups, salads, sauces, creams, croquettes and stews.
Beans are rich in protein, fibre and carbohydrates. Beans are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially folic acid, B vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, flavonoids, phytic acid and phenolic compounds.
Contrary to the recommendations of many (old) cookbooks, beans should be cooked in salted water, as this makes them much more aromatic and does not prolong the cooking time!
Soak overnight - approx. 8 - 12 hours
Well covered with water 1 - 2 hours in a normal saucepan at low temperature cooking,
or 15 - 30 min in a pressure cooker. It should go in the pressure cooker also without previous soaking.
Storage: cool and dry
Average nutritional values for 100 g
Calorific value 1306 kJ
Calories 312 kcal
Protein 21.3 g
Carbohydrates 48.6 g
of which sugar 2.5 g
Fat 1,4 g
Dietary fibre 12.2 g