Originally uploaded by tanrazz
Tepary beans are beans harvest ed by the Tohono O’odham Indians in southern Arizona.
Tepary beans are high in protein and fiber and are the perfect low glycemic food. Indians have a high concentration of diabetes and the tepary beans as well as other foods help to combat the disease.
If you’re making tepary beans in the crockpot like I did, don’t add salt until the beans are cooked because salt makes the beans tough. I didn’t use any meat (because I couldn’t find a local bone to complement my week of eating locally) but ideally I think a ham bone or meaty bone would be a good addition.
I sauteed onion and garlic first and then put that in the crockpot with a lot of water as the beans absorb. Adding some fresh carrots or potatoes would also be a good idea.
The finished tepary bean soup was very good and tasted better the next day.
My friend has a diabetic dog and feeds him tepary beans; it’s done wonders.