July 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Beans that look like a hamburger? Apparently they are a few species that look like this.
In the picture, the two grayish hamburger beans up front were produced byMucuna sloanei, and sometimes are called Brown Hamburger Beans or Horse Eyes. The species lives in swamp forests, at borders of rivers and lakes, in savanna woodland and wet places in secondary vegetation over a vast distribution area including Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific islands. A black dye is obtained from all parts of the plant.
More commonly found here than the Brown species are the two reddish-brown beans in the background. They’re Mucuna urens, Red Hamburger Beans, distributed throughout much of the American Tropics as well as on Pacific islands.
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