Azufrado Bean GrainPhaseolus vulgaris. A bush bean from Banámichi, Sonora, where it used to be grown widely. Mostly used as a dry bean but also works as a green bean. Has a shorter season than other beans of the area. The beans are yellow when fresh, turning brown with age
The fruits or pods are eaten fresh but, most of the time, they are harvested when still green and cooked in different ways. It is a bush bean from Banámichi, where it used to be grown widely. As a dry bean, mostly but also as a green bean.
It has a shorter season than other beans in the area. The beans are yellow when fresh, turning brown with age (those pictured are a few years old). The fruits or pods are eaten fresh but, most of the time, they are harvested when still green and cooked in different ways. Atole de guías is very common in Sonora, especially during Christmas. It can be served with cecina or chorizo. Sometimes people prefer to eat it with fresh cheese.
The seeds keep their flavor for several years so it is possible to buy them in markets outside Sonora When dried or pinto beans are required, some people use this bean too. It has a fine flavor and is easy to cook. It is also suitable for preparing dried beans soups and stews, as well as chicarrón and refried beans. They are served with cecina (salt dried meat), cow's milk cheese, chorizo, or fresh cheese; accompanied by corn tortillas or bread.
It has a fine flavor and is easy to cook. It is also suitable for preparing dried beans soups and stews, as well as chicarrón and refried beans.
Global azufrado bean grain production
Azufrado bean grain is produced in various parts of the world, with the majority coming from Latin America. The largest producers of azufrado beans are Brazil and Argentina, followed by Mexico and Uruguay. Other notable producers include Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Colombia.
Global production of azufrado bean grain has been on the rise in recent years, reaching a record high of 1.65 million metric tons in 2016. This increase is largely due to higher production in Brazil and Argentina, as well as other Latin American countries.
Despite the overall increase in production, there have been some fluctuations from year to year. For example, output fell sharply in 2015 due to a drought in Brazil, one of the largest producers of azufrado beans.
Looking ahead, global production is expected to continue growing in the coming years as demand for azufrado bean grain remains strong. This will likely lead to higher prices for the commodity, which could benefit producers in Latin America.