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tep·a·ry bean

1. An annual twining plant (Phaseolus acutifolius) in the pea family that is native to the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico and bears long pods with edible seeds.
2. A seed of this plant.

[American Spanish tépari, from ópata (Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora) tepari, genitive of tepa, bean.]
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tep′a•ry bean`

(ˈtɛp ə ri)
a twining or bushy plant, Phaseolus acutifolius latifolius, of the legume family, cultivated in the southwestern U.S. and N Mexico for its edible seeds.
[1910–15, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tepary bean - twining plant of southwestern United States and Mexico having roundish white or yellow or brown or black beans
genus Phaseolus, Phaseolus - herbs of warm regions including most American beans
shell bean, shell bean plant - a bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod
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However, tepary beans have been noted to be better than all other bean crops.
Tepary beans sustained native people for thousands of years in the Sonoran Desert, but then nearly disappeared.
The group's seed stock contains gems like variations of Tepary beans, which are more nutritious than pintos and have a substance that delays the release of blood sugar, making it helpful for diabetics.
Yet for centuries, diabetes was unheard of in the tribes, which thrived self-sufficiently on tepary beans, cholla buds, local game, and crops irrigated by rain and ground water.
The Tucson-based seed bank collects sunflowers from the San Carlos Reservation, tepary beans from the Gila River area and peas from the Tohono OCOodham people.
They grew tepary beans on fields made of flash flood debris, irrigated by winter rains and summer monsoon runoff and not much else, ten inches or so of precipitation annually.
Fertile backcross and allotetraploid plants from crosses between tepary beans and common beans.
In response, Johnson's organization is harvesting desert foods like tepary beans that were once common among his people.
So do you want to start with the relatively drought tolerant food plants like okra (yum!), pigeon peas (a pea-picking nuisance), or tepary beans (huh?) and sorghum (if you've checked the price of a 50 pound bag of rice you're not very likely to bother with threshing sorghum grains).
Yes, says naturalist Gary Paul Nabhan, whose search indicates that substances in the cactus, mesquite pods, tepary beans, and acorns of the traditional diet of the O'odham prevented the disease by slowing sugar uptake.
But in addition to harvesting the desert's natural bounty, the tribes cultivated tepary beans and other vegetables, which probably provided a safety net in lean times, Fowler says.