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Tepary Bean

An appealing nutty sweet flavor completely different from other beans is the most tempting feature of the very little known Tepary Beans. A storehouse of huge potential which is still to be tapped worldwide, Tepary Bean is most popular in South Western United States and Mexico. Having served as a staple food for generations of prehistoric native Americans it was once the most adored food in the Sonoran Desert, Tepary Bean was cultivated throughout Mesoamerica.

Unfortunately these nutty-flavored beans had almost lost their importance and charm which had led them on to the verge of their extinction. However it seems that now the delicious taste has traced a

wonderful comeback and is catching hold of the similar kind of popularity once again. This might be called rediscovery of wonderful taste. Owing to their superior flavor, nutrition, and extreme drought tolerance.Tepary Beans are quoted by a variety of names such as Pawi, Pavi, Tepari, Escomite, Yori mui and Yori muni. Moreover it seems that the famous name Tepary was derived from the Tohono O'odham phrase t'pawi which means "It's a bean".

Botanically known as Phaseolus acutifolius Tepary Bean belongs to the vast family of Fabaceae. The superior taste accompanied by great qualities makes these beans a chief favorite of the natives of semi desert regions.


Chief qualities of Tepary Bean
Tepary Beans are considered to be the most potent and drought-tolerant annual legume in the whole world. Simple reason that owes to the reality of this fact is that these beans are native to Sonoran Desert.

Highly tolerant of the harshest conditions, these beans hold the power of producing highest yields even in just one rain. Adding to astonishment, if irrigated these beansproduce yields just upto an extent as the excessive moisture becomes detrimental leading to overproduction of foliage and lesser bean yields.

Therefore owing to all these reasons it's a proved fact that Teparies will undoubtedly play an important role in dry land agriculture. In fact, Tepary cultivation is now taking place in dry areas of Africa and is being revived in southern Arizona where it was quite common as recently as seventy years ago.

Tepary Beans cook more quickly than other beans and thus use less energy in their preparation therefore you find a totally hassle free food in your possession. Suitably a treasured delight for a complete kitchen.


Nutrients Arcade
Part of the tepary bean's appeal, in addition to its drought tolerance, is its highly superior nutritional content..

With a protein content of about 23-30%, Tepary Beans is a promising nutrient supplier. Not only this it is a huge reservoir of almost all nutrients in higher proportions.

Main minerals which are a nutritious highlight of the beans are oil, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium along with accumulated vitamins and rich fiber. Tepary Beans are also lower in polyunsaturated fat and in the anti-enzymatic compounds which make common beans hard to digest.


Traditionally two crops of Tepary Beans were grown a year, one in the spring using winter moisture stored in the ground and one in the late summer, planted at the time of the monsoons.

In the eastern regions as well Teparies can be grown in the late May to early July when the moisture level is really low so that it doesn't hamper the Teparies' yields.

Gardeners and farmers in moist, cool areas can also experiment with Teparies but it is really advisable not to over water them

It is highly noticeable that these legumes have a reputation for adaptability, however, so, to find the optimum amount for your location, you would need to vary the watering's given to different clusters of plants in your first crop.

A Few Interesting Facts About Tepary Beans
Though the simplest way to cook these beans is similar to the other beans however Native Americans never left experimenting with these nutty flavored yummy beans. They would toast the dry beans, and then grind them into a meal which was mixed with water to taste deliciously raunchy.

Recent researches by the scientists and doctors of the United States and Mexico suggest that lectin toxins and other compounds from tepary beans can prove of great consequence in chemotherapy for treating cancer. However, further experiments would show if it really helps or not.

It is an hidden ingredient in the Indian snacks 'bhujia' by Haldiram. so you never know you might have munched its crunchy taste unknowingly as well.

Tepary beans have grown to be an ideal food for people who are prone to diabetes or suffering from diabetes. Now the reason is very clear. It is the beans' high fiber level, which makes them a "slow-release food"; that is, tepary beans' sugars are released slowly and steadily.

Unlike all other beans, Teparies are not eaten green. Let them dry on the vine, and harvest the small kernels when they're orange brown. And after they are on the shelves of your kitchen experiment with them as you may please.

Teparies are a double delight both as a crop and as a reputed dinner serve. Enamored with a sweet and delicate flavor, this legume lends itself well to almost any recipe in which more common beans are specified.

Hearty delights: Recipes
Tepary Beans can form an ingredient to any sumptous meal and if you want to try some. Following are a few recipes which will make your mouth water for sure.

  • Tepary Bean Salad
  • O'odham White Tepary Bean Stew
  • Canyon Ranch Brown Tepary Bean Dip
  • Sonoran Desert Hummus
  • Papago Tepary Bean Soup
  • Tepary Brownies
  • Chilled Bean Salad - A savory southwestern grilled chicken salad
  • Tepary Bean Lasagna

Papago Tepary Soup Recipe
Drain soaked beans and boil in big pot with around six cups of water. As the Beans turn tender, fry bacon until limp then remove it from pan. If not using bacon, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Now add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until tender for about about 8 minutes. Add bacon, tomatoes with their juice, and the oregano/cumin mix. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add vegetable mix to the beans. Cook another hour until beans are mealy-tender. Dried red chilly pepper may be stirred into pot during the last 10 minutes. Serve with flour tortillas. And get ready for hearty compliments.

Refried Tepary Beans Recipe
Boil some soaked beans till they turn soft & then mash them into a paste. Flavor the dish, to taste, with your favorite seasonings . . . minced garlic, diced chillies, chopped onions, cilantro (fresh green coriander, cumin, oregano, and salt. Finally, fry the Teparies in vegetable oil until they're very hot and have lost most of their moisture. Then serve them, as a complete meal, with tortillas, cheese, and hot sauce. A serving of Refried beans can also be used as a side dish to accompany other main course Mexican recipes.