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Where to get cassoulet beans?

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Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 11:25 AM

Making cassoulet this fall.

What is the best bean to use? Used Great Northern last year, and they seemed too large and starch/beany.
Previously had used smaller flageolet beans, in a box from Monterrey Market, and they worked well. But couldn't find them last year.

Seems if Berkeley Bowl doesn't have it, you don't need it. But not true in this case.

Any suggestions for dried bean selection? East Bay or North Bay preferred.

Thanks.

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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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  1. BernalKC RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 12:26 PM

    Both cannellini and flagelot are available at Rainbow. I'm very surprised that you could not find flagelot at BB.

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      Rapini RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 01:19 PM

      Check Market Hall Produce in Rockridge, which has a selection of heirloom beans; or the ever popular Food Mill which pretty much has everthing.

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      Food Mill
      3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

      Market Hall Produce
      5655 College Ave, Rockridge, CA 94618

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        OldTimer RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 02:02 PM

        I used to use Great Northern. Found that many upscale French places use dried fava or limas. Recently, I found Mayacoba beans (Peruvian beans) in Smart & Final, and have been hooked since. You can get them at Mi Pueblo by the pound, bulk. Great bean...especially for cassoulet.

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          wolfe RE: OldTimer Sep 28, 2010 02:48 PM

          Just saw a very large bag of Mayacobas at Costco, 25lb about $24.

        2. CarrieWas218 RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 02:15 PM

          Tarbais are what you really want and are the most traditional. I mail-order mine every year from FrenchSelections.com

          http://www.frenchselections.com/

          1. wineguy7 RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 02:43 PM

            If you're willing to go to San Mateo, you should be able to get them at The Gourmet Corner.

            http://www.thegourmetcorner.com/b2bim...

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            The Gourmet Corner
            873 N San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401

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              dordogne RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 03:28 PM

              Berkeley Bowl often has flageolets in the bulk section; call ahead to confirm. Rancho Gordo sells them by the 1-lb. bag at the Ferry Building farmers market and at Pasta Shop in Oakland (but they are available only seasonally, so call ahead).

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              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Rancho Gordo
              1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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                mrs bacon RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 03:56 PM

                I've used flagelot from Rancho Gordo very successfully in cassoulet.

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                Rancho Gordo
                1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

                1. pikawicca RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 03:58 PM

                  Rancho Gordo has them.

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                  Rancho Gordo
                  1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

                  1. Gustavo Glenmorangie RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 04:21 PM

                    last time I was in Rainbow Grocery (a while back, likely last fall) they had Rancho Gordo flagolet, and several other RG beans that would be appropriate for a cassoulet. You might call them.

                    Also, there is a seller of fresh shelling beans at the Berkeley Farmers Market. Don't know their name, but they are on the right as your walk in from MLK. One of the first produce sellers. They have had flagolet, cranberry and several others. Just hitting their stride, so they should have them for the next few weeks. I've bought their flagolet: you'll want to buy a lot, more than you think, they are not the highest yielding shelling bean.

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                    Rainbow Grocery
                    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                    Rancho Gordo
                    1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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                      JasmineG RE: Gustavo Glenmorangie Sep 28, 2010 06:50 PM

                      I think that's La Tercera.

                    2. Euonymous RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 05:14 PM

                      If you're willing to make the trek you can get great beans in Pescadero at Phipps.

                      Phipps Country Store and Farm
                      2700 Pescadero Rd.,
                      Pescadero, CA 94060
                      (650) 879-1032
                      (650) 879-1132 (Fax)

                      1. steve h. RE: Bryan Gros Sep 28, 2010 05:44 PM

                        D'Artagnan ships "French Coco Tarbais Beans" with their cassoulet kit.
                        I like their beans.

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