Black Turtle Beans with Herbs and Orange Essence

-Finely chop 1 onion and 3 cloves of garlic.

-Add 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil to a large pot then saute the garlic and onions for 5 minutes over medium heat.

-Pick through 1 pound of Black Turtle beans and then rinse well.

-Place beans in a large pot and add water until beans are submerged by 3 to 4 inches.

-Squeeze the juice of 1 orange into the pot and then add the squeezed orange halves.

-Cover and place over high heat until water comes to a boil, then uncover and reduce heat to a bare simmer.

-Cook until beans are completely tender and creamy, 1 to 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.

-Remove orange halves then add in the following:

½ tsp powdered cumin1 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp sea salt

-Increase heat to medium and simmer, stirring frequently 10 minutes more.