Sweet and Savory: Beans and Fruit are a Match Made in Heaven UncategorizedBean Bulletin, Cooking, Tips Canned, dried or fresh, fruits add subtle sweetness to all types of bean recipes. Toss cooked navy or Great Northern beans with fresh rosemary and figs sautéed in olive oil. Legend has it that this was a favorite dish of Leonardo Da Vinci. Create a sweet and spicy salad dish by combining cooked black beans with chunks of fresh mango, diced red onion and minced jalapeno peppers. Toss with a simple oil and vinegar dressing. Sauté crumbled sage-flavored sausage and chopped apples to liven up canned or homemade baked beans. Make Sweet Vegetarian Pineapple Baked Beans in the crockpot for effortless homemade flavor.