Grain & Seed Guide

Mesquite Bean Pods

Part of the legume family, mesquite bean pods are known as the “southwest superfood.” Mesquite bean pods were relied on by American Indians as an important food source and are commonly dried and ground into mesquite flour. This flour is rich in protein and micronutrients such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Flour made from mesquite bean pods has a sweet and nutty taste and has been used to make low-glycemic breads, pancakes, and tortillas. It is also gluten-free. The health benefits of mesquite bean pods include managing weight, regenerating muscles, regulating digestion, lowering blood pressure, and controlling diabetes. Food For Life uses organic mesquite bean pods to manufacture healthy sprouted grain waffles.