Known as "Navy Beans" (Phaseolus vulgaris), these beans are characterized by their smooth skin, uniform shape, and creamy texture. The Lingot Blanc is valued for its delicate flavor and culinary versatility.
1. Origin and Terroir
The rich soils of Madagascar and the tropical climate provide ideal conditions for the growth of this legume. STOI plays a key role in selecting the best varieties of white beans, producing them according to high-quality standards, and handling the logistics and export to international markets. The white beans from Madagascar produced by STOI offer consumers an authentic and satisfying culinary experience.
2. Growing Process
- Selection of suitable varieties
- Soil preparation to ensure good fertility
- Planting seeds under optimal conditions, careful crop maintenance to promote healthy growth, protection against pests and diseases
- Harvesting at maturity, careful sorting to eliminate impurities
- Cleaning and packaging
- Exporting white beans to international markets
3. Harvest and Processing Methods
When navy beans reach their optimal maturity, they are harvested with care to avoid damaging the grains. The beans are then sorted to remove impurities and thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, they undergo a processing step that may involve blanching, drying, or other treatments to enhance their shelf life and quality. STOI pays special attention to preserving the taste and nutritional characteristics of the navy beans throughout the process. Once processed, the navy beans are packaged under optimal conditions to maintain their freshness and quality.
1. VARIETY: RI 5-2, RI 5-3
The Lingot Blanc, known under the varieties RI 5-2 and RI 5-3, is a large-sized white bean with an elongated shape, measuring over 13 mm in length. These varieties, 100% organic, are characterized by their fluffy texture, rich flavor, and ease of cooking. The grains, ranging in color from white to off-white, have a glossy appearance and an average size of 180 to 260 grains per 100 g. Cultivated in the highland regions of Madagascar, at an altitude of 400 to 1200 meters, the Lingot Blanc has a production season from March to April.
With an average productivity and a high yield of 1200 to 1500 kg/ha, this variety is well-suited to the agroclimatic conditions of the southwest, northwest, central east, and highlands. However, it is susceptible to diseases and requires moderately fertile soil. Farmers in these regions appreciate the Lingot Blanc for its quality, taste, and adaptability to local growing conditions.
2. VARIETY: RANJONOMBY
The Lingot Blanc, also known as the Ranjonomby variety, is a large-sized, elongated white bean. This 100% organic variety is distinguished by its fluffy texture, rich flavor, and ease of cooking. The grains, ranging in color from white to off-white, are glossy and measure over 13 mm in size. The Lingot Blanc grows in the highlands of Madagascar, at an altitude of 400 to 1200 meters, with a production period from March to April. Its average productivity and high yield make this variety an attractive option for farmers. However, it is susceptible to diseases and requires moderately fertile soil. The Ranjonomby variety is favored for its culinary qualities and is well-suited to the agroclimatic conditions of the highland regions of Madagascar.