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store that sells dried greek gigante beans in metrowest area?

Pam981 Apr 4, 2007 01:12 PM

Whole Foods sells these in a marinade, ready-to-eat at $5.99 lb I want to cook them myself, have found them online, but can't find them locally. Any leads???

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    emilief RE: Pam981 Apr 4, 2007 01:47 PM

    I buy mine at Sophia's Greek Pantry in Belmont. I am sure you can also find them at the Roslindale Fish Market.

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      thunderbug84 RE: emilief Apr 9, 2007 08:36 AM

      Hi! I love those beans too. How do you like Sophia's Greek Pantry for things other than the beans? I love greek cooking, so I'm really interested in this shop. I'm deciding whether or not I should make the trip there. Thanks!

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        emilief RE: thunderbug84 Apr 9, 2007 08:49 AM

        Sophia's is an excellent shop. They have phyllo- not frozen, several varieties of feta cheese- very fresh, other Greek cheeses- kasseri, kefalotyrie, etc. grape leaves, and wonderful homemade greek sausage (loukaniko). I do alot of greek cooking and I find this one of the best places to get supplies, plus Sophia is a nice woman!

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      mwk RE: Pam981 Apr 5, 2007 07:24 AM


      I absolutely love those beans from Whole Foods, and I've been trying to find a source myself. It wasn't clear to me if Gigante was a "real" type of bean, or maybe just a very large fava bean? If you do find the beans locally, let us know, please? :)

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        Pam981 RE: mwk Apr 5, 2007 12:37 PM

        Thanks to emilief, I just bought the dried beans at Sophia's in Belmont. $4.99 for 17.6 oz. I saw that they also sell them in cans, already cooked. One was in a plain brine, and the label for another looked like in was in some kind of marinade-ish thing. The image looked like maybe onions and red pepper. I bought them dried becasue I want to put them in soups and other recipes.

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          hiddenboston RE: Pam981 Apr 5, 2007 01:12 PM

          If the Roslindale Fish Market is the Middle Eastern market right in the heart of the village, then yes, I did see them there last year. I assume they still have them...

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            emilief RE: Pam981 Apr 5, 2007 01:40 PM

            glad you found them. if you are looking for a recipe I have one. It has been posted on the HOme Cooking Board but if you can't find it just make an inquiry on that board and I will post it again.PS Roslindale Fish Market is Greek not Middle Eastern.

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            galleygirl RE: mwk Apr 7, 2007 06:48 AM

            It's "gigandes" beans. They're actually distantly related to soybeans, and have a lot of high quality protein. people often think they'r limas, which they have nothing in common with, including taste...they're closer to a white bean, flavorwise.

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              andytee RE: galleygirl Apr 7, 2007 09:47 AM

              yes - you can look for / ask for "fouls gigandes" or "ful gigandes" or some other variation on the spelling.

              soybeans? limas? i always thought of them as a variety of fava. but what do i know?

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            4chowpups RE: Pam981 Apr 5, 2007 04:31 PM

            Some Market Baskets sell them too. They may be labeled as large lima beans. I like them better dried rather than canned but you can find them too, I think Goya makes them.

            1. andytee RE: Pam981 Apr 6, 2007 07:57 AM

              try any of the armenian markets in watertown - sevans, massis, etc - all should have them. i'd guess a lot of places in belmont too.

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                tomaneng RE: andytee Apr 10, 2007 10:04 AM

                I've seen them at Massis and Arax in the past 6 months. I think that Araz has them both dry and in a marinade.

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