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Apr 1, 2014 07:02 PM

Cannellinni Beans

Hi all,

I'm a newbie to chowhound (and somewhat to Philly), so do forgive any newbie idiocies.

I was wondering where I might find fresh cannelinni beans in Philly. I've been to most of the usual suspects — Reading Terminal, Sue's, Whole Foods, Di Bruno's, some places in the Italian market — and all I can find is the canned stuff. Is it just not the season? Or are they just not available fresh?

I know the subject says 'beans' but while I'm here and typing...

Does anyone know where one might find veal's kidneys? I read interviews from chefs recommending Espositos, but I found them quite disappointing. Also had no luck at Reading Terminal.


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  1. When you say fresh, do you mean dried? or fresh in the produce section?

    For the veal kidney's how far are you willing to travel?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Beans -- ideally fresh but, if it's not the season, then dried should work.

      Veal kidneys -- well, I can't drive (!) so I can't go anywhere where there isn't public transport,unfortunately. But I'm willing to travel some distance by bus/train...


    2. The season is very short for the beans.

      Look for them end of May.

      1. In this part of the world, shell beans are harvested in late summer to early fall. I am always on the lookout for fresh beans and I have yet to see fresh cannellinni beans sold in Philadelphia.
        You can find fresh cranberry beans and black eyed peas at the farmer's markets, Iovine's at the Reading Terminal Market, and sometimes the Italian Market. Occasionally you can find tarbais beans at Culton Organics, at the Headhouse Farmers Market, when in season.
        The Fair Food Stand at the Reading Terminal Market usually carries dried black turtle, pinto, and red kidney beans from Cayuga Pure Organics in NY.

        1. Check the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal for veal kidneys - and if they dont have them ask - they will get them for you from their veal people - they will be kidneys from pastured, grass fed veal.