Also called turtle bean, this dried bean variety has long been popular in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the southern United States. It has a black skin, cream-colored flesh and a sweet flavor, and form the base for the famous black-bean soup. Black beans are commonly available in supermarkets. See also beans.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.