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Aug 22, 2010 04:39 PM

What are the very large beans I ate in Florence?

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?

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

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    1. re: Sherri

      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.

      1. re: BigSal

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

        1. re: roux42

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

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

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

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          1. re: mamachef

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

            1. re: visciole

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