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Slow Foods loves this Native American Bean!
The Arikara Yellow Bean was a primary food crop for the Mandan and the Arikara American Indian tribes of the Missouri Valley of what is now northern South Dakota. The Arikara lived and farmed for hundreds of years between the Grand and Cannonball Rivers and were discovered by Lewis and Clark in the 1800s. The three nations of Mandan, Arikara, and Hidatsa all now farm and share their lands at Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.
Both its hard shell and its tendency to hold shape make the Arikara Yellow an excellent dry bean for chili, soups, a pot-of-beans and salads as it will hold up well to long term cooking and not break down.
Arikara Yellow is a short season bean – smaller in size with a more intense flavor and dense flesh.