Aug 30, 2009, 9:33 PM
Post #16 of 24
with all due respect, esperanza, judía IS EXACTLY the same as frijol! It's just the word used in Spain vs the word used in México. Habas, which correctly should be just a type of frijol in México, are NOT Lima beans in Spain, but only the seed of a distantly related plant, the fava. Ejotes, or green beans, is the most common word in México, but I still think I have heard them called judías here, but I could easily be mistaken on this. Of course they ARE judías verdes in Spain.
I doubt if anyone has cataloged all the various types of frijol available in México and the rest of the Americas. There are just too many. The frijol was, after all, one of the major protein sources for nearly all the tribes of the Americas once they settled into farming communities, since the other main food crop, maíz, is deficient in protein and there were no milk producing domestic animals (possibly the llama in Peru, but I don't know if they are raised for milk or not). I'll bet every little tribal grouping ended up with their own variety of frijol from either deliberate or inadvertant manual genetic selection. I have a hunch that the pinto variety came from either the Anasazi or Pueblo peoples and that is why it is common in northern México. A large percentage of the pinto beans sold in northern México are still imported from either New Mexico or Colorado in the EE.UU. where it grows best.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Aug 30, 2009, 9:36 PM)