tepary bean


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tepary bean

[′tep·ə·rē ‚bēn]
(botany)
Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius. One of the four species of beans of greatest economic importance in the United States.
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Nabhan and his colleagues selected six starchy foods traditionally eaten by the Pimas: mesquite pods, acorns, white and yellow tepary beans, lima beans and a strain of corn long cultivated by the tribe.
Tepary beans were once in abundance in Arizona for the Tohono O'odham, also known as the Desert People.
They began growing and cultivating tepary beans, and last year they harvested 10,000 pounds of the beans.
The tepary beans are now being sold for about five dollars a pound at Bashas', the reservation's sole supermarket, as well as in trading posts throughout the reservation.
For example, it is said that when Coyote was running with a bag of tepary beans, he tripped and the white beans flew into the sky, creating the Milky Way.
TOCA now has a staff of seven, and tepary beans are served at the local hospital once a week.