This heirloom bean was originally obtained from the native Hidatsa people of the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. Traditionally, the Hidatsa people collected the seeds after allowing the pods to dry on the plant. Once the seeds were dry, they would manually break open each pod in order to collect the seeds. The Hidatsa Red Beans are dark red seeds that taste similar to a very intense kidney bean, with a bit of a ‘nutty’ flavor. They are excellent in a Red Beans and Rice dish or added to soups. The Hidatsa and Arikara people both lived in the Dakota region and still grow these beans on their land in North Dakota. These beans were listed on the Ark of Taste list as being close to extinct in heritage form. We now feature these beans in some of our signature chili and soups – wonderful color and flavor. SLOW FOODS USA FAVORITE!