Manioca Little Butter Beans (Feijão Manteiguinha de Santarém)
With less starch than common varieties of beans, the little butter bean is part of the cowpea family, and it does not form much broth. Although it can be consumed as a traditional bean, in the gastronomy of the state of Pará, Brazil it is widely used in salads, salsas, especially as an accompaniment of fish and seafood, sautéed with onions, garlic, tomato, and cilantro. Its light, smooth taste, and buttery texture give it its name. "It melts in your mouth!" Despite being a cousin of other varieties, such as "black-eyed peas", the difference is clear, starting with the small size of the grain, which measures about 0.5 cm; the production is also practically exclusive to the region of the lower Amazon River, in the western part of the state of Pará, where local producers say there is one more difference: "here the grain is smaller and more buttery, it is the little butter bean of Santarém (a city at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajos Rivers." No wonder, the price of these beans is higher than common Phaseolus bean varietals. Brazilian chefs have already adopted it to recipes such as hummus, and veggie burgers, showing the versatility of this ingredient whose popularity has been growing in Brazil and is now available to the rest of the world through Culinary Culture Connections.
500 grams (1.1 lb)