There are many types of Beans (Frijole) that come from Mexico. The most famous of these beans is the Black Turtle Bean which is common in many dishes around Latin America. This bean is usually just called the Black Bean (Frijole Negro). This bean represents a mushroom like flavour which is why it is often placed into vegetarian dishes. This black bean is the most commonly used bean in Mexican cuisine because of it’s use in (frijoles Refritos) or refried beans. Refried Beans is an ingredient that can be used in almost any Mexican dish.

Refried Beans

Refried Beans

Another famous type of Bean is the Canary Bean. Despite the name this bean is native to Mexico and is the top selling bean in Mexico City since 2005. The Canary Bean has a yellowy  colour and when cooked it turns to a creamy texture. Red Kidney Beans is another type of bean that is commonly found in Mexico. These beans are blood red in colour and they look like little kidneys.

The most famous bean from Mexico is the Mexican Jumping Bean. This Bean looks like a normal edible bean that for some reason jumps. This however is not true, the Mexican Jumping Bean is a seed not a bean, that has a moth larvae inside the bean. The moth larvae wriggles and this make the “bean” jump.

Beans became apart of the Mexican cuisine from the Aztecs who stole the process of making them from the Mayans. They were easy to grow, tasty and easy to mix in with other foods, for this reason they were continued to be eaten and why the are eaten all over the world today. The reason why all of the beans above are found all over the world is because of the Spaniards taking them all around Europe.


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