tepary bean


te·​pa·​ry bean ˈte-pə-rē- How to pronounce tepary bean (audio)
: an annual twining bean (Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius) that is native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico and is cultivated for its roundish white, yellow, brown, or bluish-black edible seeds
also : the seed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For dessert, the menu advertises a milk bread pudding with juniper spiced custard and a sweet corn biscuit with tepary bean icing. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 The chef volunteers streamed around a long set of outdoor tables serving fish tacos and tepary bean stew on red school lunch trays. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 Wake dad up with a steak and eggs brunch ($19) of mesquite grilled flank steak served with chipotle chimichurri, Ramona Farms tepary bean puree, Kennebec breakfast potatoes and grilled Mama Lola flour tortillas. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 15 June 2020 The menu offers vegetarian versions of classic southwestern dishes, including breakfast burritos, cauliflower tacos and tepary bean and mushroom burgers. Tirion Morris, azcentral, 27 Feb. 2020 Along with the cultural aspect, there's the nutritional aspect to the tepary bean, Velvet said. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 28 Feb. 2020 The small tepary beans that grow in the harsh, dry American Southwest are an heirloom variety that has been cultivated and harvested wild by countless generations of Native people in the region. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019 Many of the beans that beat the heat had a common ancestor in their family trees: tepary beans, which are tiny, drought- and heat-tolerant beans that grow in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 24 Mar. 2015 Ramona Farms grows three different types of tepary beans, Velvet said. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, 4 July 2019 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish tépari, from Ópata or Eudeve (Uto-Aztecan languages of Sonora, Mexico)

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tepary bean was in 1912

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“Tepary bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepary%20bean. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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