Hailing from the Mitla Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, these, small dense black beans are an exceptionally flavorful variety of tepary bean. Tepary beans are among the most drought tolerant and ancient beans in the world. There is evidence that they were grown and eaten over 5,000 years ago in Mexico. The real bean geeks will appreciate that this little bean is the subject of some botany debate. Some say it is not a true tepary, Phaseolus acutifolius,but is instead a member of the Phaseolus vulgaris species.
WHAT TO DO WITH THEM
Mitla Black Tepary is a small, quick-cooking bean with a firm, creamy texture. Its delicate nutty- sweet flavor complements other southwestern classics like chiles, cumin, and cilantro in soups, stews, and refried bean dishes. As is the case with many landrace varieties it requires longer cooking time which of course can be shortened by pre-soaking.
ABOUT THE FARMER
Fifth Crow Farms is an organic family owned farm in Pescadero, California. Grounded in a values-based approach to land stewardship, Fifth Crow Farm is a dynamic and diversified organic farm in Pescadero, CA. Founded in 2008 with a shoestring budget, a supportive local community, and ambitious dreams, they strive to bring eaters the highest quality, best tasting, and most nutritious food possible.
Fifth Crow Farm wants their farm to be more than a business: they strive to make it an engine for positive change in the food system. They are stewarding the land in a way that not only respects but improves habitat for wildlife and builds better soil for future farmers. They also believe in creating a healthy, fulfilling, and fair work environment, and providing their customers with the best tasting, most nutritious, highest quality food possible.