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Big white beans (Phaseolus multiflorus), often cooked with tomatoes as a meze, especially during Lent.

The best beans with the creamiest texture grow in the special high mountain micro-climate of the Préspa Lakes in the far northwest corner of Greece, on the borders of Albania and North Macedonia, and hold protected (PGI) status: Φασόλια (Γίγαντες Ελέφαντες) Πρεσπών Φλώρινας (Fasolia (Gigantes Elefantes) Prespon Florinas) Prespon Giant-Elephant Beans.

Some people even make them into spoon sweets.

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Hevesli, Public Domain