Tongue of Fire Beans
These locally produced beans are on fire in East Bay farmers markets this month.
How can you walk by a farmers market stand selling something called Tongue of Fire and not fill up a bag? With a name like that, who cares what they are? Actually, they’re delicious beige-and-cranberry shelling beans grown by Dirty Girl Produce, and you can buy them by the pound this month at Bay Area farmers markets, including the Berkeley farmers market.
“Our Tongue of Fire shelling beans are in peak season at the end of August and throughout September,” says Dirty Girl Produce’s Stella Schlesinger, so it’s time to grab yours while they’re at their best. We even have something for you to do with them, courtesy of Sean Baker, the executive chef at Terrain Restaurant, opening this fall in Berkeley’s new David Brower Center.To find out where you can buy and try Dirty Girl’s Tongue of Fire beans and the grower’s other produce—plus a list of local farmers markets and restaurants selling them, such as Chez Panisse, Oliveto, and Pizzaiolo—go to dirtygirlproduce.com.
To check out Baker's recipe for Braised Tongue of Fire Beans, CLICK HERE.