I have a SERIOUS addiction to fresh beans. Yes, the dried beans that you buy in a bag and reconstitute in water actually started off fresh, growing on a bush. And the taste is incomparable. I usually find fresh cranberry and fava beans at the farmer's market for just a few weeks in the summer. But I discovered a new source! A supermarket nearby carries them throughout the fall. If you have never had fresh beans, you MUST. They are so simple to prepare, and are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Simple Cooked Cranberry Beans
1 lb. fresh cranberry beans, shelled
1 teaspoon butter
1-2 tablespoons soft fresh herbs such as basil, parsley or dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the beans in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover them generously. Cook them until tender. This can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending how fresh they are. Check frequently so they don't become mushy.

Drain the beans. Stir in the butter, herbs, and salt/pepper to taste. Eat immediately.

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