Farmers Market Find: Dragon Tongue Beans

Photos by Valerie

farmers market

I love going to our farmers market.  In Santa Barbara, the variety of produce found at our Saturday market is unbelievable. It’s a great start to the weekend to comb the isles, coffee in hand, for things that are seasonal and unique— like these dragon tongue beans.  I wait for these beans every year to add their crazy color and awesome crunch to my early summer veggie platters. This year, back in March, I decided to plant some myself. It took awhile to find the seeds, but I have to say that the hunt was definitely worth it. Now, I have bowls full of these delicious beans, and they were so easy to grow I feel like I didn’t even do anything!

fresh beans from the garden

For serving, I like to make  a quick, fresh dip for the beans. Since we’re spending this weekend with my husband’s family, I wanted to share this Gorgonzola dip in tribute of Aunt Penny, who passed it along to me years ago. This creamy, tangy dip pairs perfectly with the slightly sweet, crunchy beans. If you like the dip, it also makes a great dressing for a wedge salad.

Gorgonzola Dip

 

2 tablespoons of Meyer lemon juice

½ cup Gorgonzola crumbled

1/3 cup low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon salt

Cracked pepper to taste

 

platter of beans and dip

2 Comments

  1. helen mucciolo says:

    Did you cook the beans first, or can they be eaten raw? Looks like raw in your photo. I will try to grow them next year. Thanks.

  2. Valerie says:

    No I didn’t cook them, I just served them raw along with this dip –they’re delicious, crunchy and fresh. Good luck growing them!

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