"It's been a while since we've introduced a new heirloom bean. Now we are ready to introduce you to this historic legume. King City Pinks were mentioned by John Steinbeck in his seminal novel, Tortilla Flat. They helped put King City, California on the map in the 1930s and the bean's popularity peaked just after World War II. They remained popular locally but they have taken a backseat to the more glamorous Santa Maria Pinquito from further south. Yes, we said glamorous.
You would think these pink beans would be a good substitute for the small, pink Santa Maria Pinquitos, but they're not. King City Pinks are closer to Buckeye. They are outstanding in their own right. They're dense but not stodgy. They have a thin skin and produce a dreamy bean broth. We are in love."
Latin name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Country of production: USA