MESQUITE BEAN WINE
Native Americans have long used mesquite beans to make numerous delicacies and a few staples. The dried beans were ground into flour that in turn made breads, cakes, and biscuits. The beans also yielded candy, pudding, and a wine-like beverage. Today, mesquite jelly and mesquite wine are more common by-products.
Mesquite bean pods are typically six to eight inches long and turn from green to brown. Gather the bean pods when light brown, but before they start falling. They may be slightly freckled with dark red or may be plain.
If the pods have already begun falling, check fallen ones carefully for boring insects.
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