These are specialty white kidney-shaped beans from the French Vendée region. The area is named after the Vendée River that runs through it. These beans have a history of being grown since the 16th century. Actually, Mogettes are the same variety of bean as the white beans known as haricots lingots that are grown farther south near Toulouse. The difference is simply the area they are grown.
Awarded France’s coveted “Label Rouge” in 2010. This small white kidney-shaped bean is tender with a delicate skin, which melts in the mouth once cooked. The flesh is soft and buttery and has a slight salty and sweet taste. Some say it hints of Chestnut and Leeks (yes, the do smell a bit like Leeks) It is used predominately in dishes of the Vendée region, such as jambon-mogettes (ham and white beans). Also one of the white beans (along with the Tarbais) used to make the famous French Cassoulet. Rub a slice of bread with garlic, butter it, spread the beans on top, and you have the Vendéen favorite, the gralée de mogette.
We sourced our organic beans from a grower in Vendée so that we would be able to offer the bean grown in it’s geographical home.