Jugo Beans – 1kg
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Jugo Beans – 1kg

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Jugo beans, or Bambara groundnuts, are an African heirloom. It is one of nature’s most underrated foods and superior to other legumes. There are several nut strains that have been cultivated throughout Africa since the 14th century, but they all originate from and are native to West Africa. It is known as a drought tolerant and ‘failsafe’ crop, traditionally grown by women who hand this responsibility down from generation to generation; women receive the seeds from a female relative when she is getting married. They are nutritional powerhouses, packed with protein, fibre, B vitamins, irons and potassium, and low in fat. They have such a powerful natural savoury flavour with a hint of sweetness, that you don’t need to add anything but salt to enjoy.

 

 

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Benefits

Rich in phytochemicals, they help lower the risk of heart disease and contain a wide range of cancer-fighting plant chemicals to reduce the risk of cancer. They are a rich source of soluble fibre and saponins – phytochemicals that help lower unhealthy cholesterol levels in your bloodstream. They help you feel full more quickly and slow down the release of sugar to give you a steady supply of (glucose) energy.

 

Uses

There are a number of uses for Jugo beans! To cook, first wash and submerge well with fresh water to soak overnight. Before cooking, drain well and rinse again. For every 1 cup of beans, add 2 cups of water or more – as they cook, they make a thick, soupy brown sauce that can be used in soups and stews for a savoury burst of flavour. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat to simmer – covered – for around 1 to 1 ½ hours. Only add salt at the very end, as salt tends to harden beans while they are cooking.

Eat plain as a snack, or add to rice for a pilaf, or roast in the oven, or add to your favourite tomato sauce for a delicious protein boost.