- Colorful heritage beans
- Native to the Peruvian Andes
- Grown on corn stalks by native Peruvians
- Delicious in soups, salads and casseroles
- Supporting traditional cultures
- Size - 16 oz/453 gr
These beautiful dried beans are native to the Andes mountains in Peru. About twenty similar varieties are grown together and climb corn stalks as their bean poles. The colorful beans are called Pussac Punay in the local language, which means the 'sleeping eight' since each pod holds eight beans.
Soak the beans for 6 to eight hours in fresh water before cooking. They will lose much of their color as they soak. They are wonderful in salads, soups and casseroles.
Zócalo Peru supports small farmers and traditional methods. The beans are grown in the remote Huancalavilca region near Lima, at altitudes approaching 10,000 feet. The local farmers belongs to an association to help support the community and protect their culinary heritage. The farmers use organic cultivation practices.