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This classic Italian bean is a medium large tan bean, splashed with red/black to magenta streaks. It is very popular in Italian and Portuguese cuisine. (Purcell Mountain Farms)

Borlotti beans are dried beans and are called by several names in the U.S.      

According to the USDA, the American 'cranberry bean' is the same bean as the Italian 'borlotti' and, as a matter of fact, a large percentage of the 'borlotti' beans sold in Italy are actually 'cranberry beans' imported from the U.S.      

Another name for this bean in the U.S. is 'French horticultural bean'.      

If you can't locate cranberry beans, an acceptable substitute is the pinto bean, and a second (but not as close) substitute would be red kidney beans.


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