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January 24, 2012

Tremocos ~ Lupini Beans

Growing up as first generation American in a Portuguese family, my parents made sure my sisters and I stayed close to our Portuguese heritage growing up.  My childhood summers are filled with memories of driving to different cities in northern California to attend Portuguese Holy Ghost 'Festas'.

Food was always a big part of any festa.  One of the things I remember and loved to eat as a child were these hard, salty beans called Tremocos, in Portuguese.  They were sold in a ziplock bag with salty water to keep them moist.

In Portugal, on the Azores Islands, where my Dad is from, they serve Tremocos as bar snacks and now as an adult I know why....they go perfect with red wine or beer.

This past summer at a festa I attended, I asked one of the older generation Portuguese ladies how to go about making these Tremocos beans.  She sat down with me and explained the entire process, which includes DAYS of boiling, brining, replacing the salty water and begin again.  WAY more time than I would ever want to spend on beans.

So imagine my surprise, when just the other day at my local grocerey store, as I was searching for some low sodium black beans, I glanced up and saw this jar....

Tremocos beans in all their glory, on the top shelf of Harvest Market.  I felt I hit the jackpot! 

I bought all they had in stock {I know, sick right?}, hoping they would live up to my childhood memory.  They came pretty close, not quite as salty but close enough.

Tremocos are eaten by tearing into the skin with your teeth and popping the bean into your's the skin on the left and the bean on the right....

Other than the salt, Tremocos, or Lupini Beans as they're called here in America, are pretty healthy for you.
And they go GREAT with wine!

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