The word lobio also designates dried beans and the salads prepared from them, mainstays of the Georgian table. Fine red and white kidney beans, smaller than our domestic varieties, grow wild in Georgia and are sold at the market, dried but not sterilized. Sometimes bugs hide in these beans. While American processing has taken care of aesthetics, too often our beans have languished on supermarket shelves. Try to find small beans that are not old and starchy.
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