Beans, Beans . . .

Cortez, Colorado

We went to the last Cortez Farmers Market of the year yesterday.

I had one purchase in mind: Locally grown Anasazi (anna-saw-zee) Beans.

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am-beansI ended up buying 10 pounds from a local vendor who was selling beans from Adobe Milling, a local company  that mills dozens of local bean varieties among other products.

From Adobe Milling‘s Web site:

The Anasazi were Indians who lived in the four corners area (now Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) dating back to 130 A.D. The are best identified with their substantial architectural achievements known today as “cliff dwellings”. “Anasazi” is a Navajo word perhaps best translated as “the ancient ones”.

Anasazi Beans were one of the few crops cultivated by the Anasazi. They were found in the ruins by settlers to the four corners area in the early 1900’s. Presently they are grown at 7,000 ft. elevation on the same land the Anasazi inhabited.

Anasazi Beans are considered an unusually tasty baking bean, very scrumptious with ham and flavorful in Mexican dishes. This sweeter and mealier bean will allow many culinary delights! They also contain 75% less of the gas-causing carbohydrates compared to pinto beans!

I’ve had the beans only once before. Ivy, the woman who brought them to a pot luck, raved about how they are they best beans ever. Ivy’s casserole dish was mighty tasty, so I agreed with her assessment.

When Ivy was traveling through the Four Corners area, she bought a 50 pound bag of the beans. That’s how good they are.

While the uncooked beans have stunning burgundy and cream-color speckles, once they are cooked they turn a solid pink color.

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If you come across some, buy them and give them a try. You’ll love them!

PS I remember singing this song as a kid:

Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot,
The more you toot, the better you feel,
So eat beans at every meal!

But I just came across a different version that made me giggle:

Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot,
Down your pants and in your boot!