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What are the very large beans I ate in Florence?

roux42 Aug 22, 2010 04:39 PM

I had the most delicious creamy beige colored beans in Florence, Italy this past June. I saw them served in many restaurants and the place that served them the best was Sostanza. They are quite big , maybe an inch long and served with olive oil and many a tiny bit of garlic. What are they called? Where can I buy them in New York City?

  1. mamachef Aug 24, 2010 01:20 PM

    Misspelling; sorry. Gigante. Which I also know now are the same as Coronas.

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      visciole Aug 24, 2010 03:32 PM

      YES, OMG, these are amazing. I had them in Greece where they called them Gigante, I think.

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        greygarious Aug 24, 2010 04:12 PM

        I THINK I saw them in jars (in olive oil and other seasonings) at Trader Joe's

    2. mamachef Aug 24, 2010 01:16 PM

      I think you had Gigonda (gigantic) beans served just right.

      1. BigSal Aug 22, 2010 05:01 PM

        Sounds like you might have had corona beans. http://tinyurl.com/29rnkyk

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          roux42 Aug 22, 2010 05:36 PM

          I think they are the Corona beans. Thank you! Now I must have them.... Hmmm... anywhere in NYC?

          1. re: roux42
            bob96 Aug 23, 2010 12:05 AM

            Buonitalia in the Chelsea Market has a wide variety of beans and other legumes, many imported. Dried and in jars.

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          Sherri Aug 22, 2010 04:45 PM

          Could they be lupini? Can't help you with a NYC source however.

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          1. re: Sherri
            Veggo Aug 22, 2010 05:17 PM

            The description at least includes lupinis. A brand I have is Cento, in an 8 oz jar from a large but not a specialty grocery store, but not in NY. I would think they are widely available.

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