Weekend Herb Blogging #15: Anasazi Beans and a History Lesson
posted by Kalyn Denny on January 15, 2006
This week’s Weekend Herb Blogging is combining a little history lesson with some foodie talk. Recently in my fourth grade classroom we had a Native American Feast to finish up 6 weeks of learning about the early inhabitants of Utah. For the feast I cooked Anasazi Beans, and they were a huge hit with the kids. Anasazi Beans are a variety of beans that were found among the ruins of an Anasazi cliff-dwelling somewhere in the four corners region of the U.S. and then the beans were germinated and re-introduced. Although the beans have other names, in Utah they are called Anasazi Beans after the Anasazi peoples who lived in Southern Utah and Arizona about 130 A.D. The name Anasazi means “ancient ones” and Anasazi people are probably most well known for their amazing rock art, also called pictographs (painted rock art) and petroglyphs (carved rock art) found all over Southern Utah.
Anasazi Beans have a unique flavor that is sweeter than other dried beans. They cook much more quickly than other beans (after being soaked overnight) and also contain only about 25% of the undigestible carbohydrate that sometimes cause undesirable side effects in people who eat beans. My students loved the beans I made, in fact one student proclaimed, “These are the best beans in the universe.” I know enough about kids’ eating habits not to put any visible seasonings or green things in their beans, which turn kind of a pinkish color when cooked. I seasoned the beans for school with Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate, onion powder and garlic powder. Tune in tomorrow to see what I’m going to do with the Anasazi Beans shown in this photo.
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