Definition of mesquite bean in English:

mesquite bean

Pronunciation /meˈskēt ˌbēn/ /mɛˈskit ˌbin/


  • An edible pod from the mesquite that can be eaten whole, used to produce flour, or fed to animals.

    ‘A good supply of mesquite beans or cakes could be traded to other Cahuilla families for other foods.’
    • ‘There really isn't a lot of research on how long a mesquite bean will survive and under what conditions.’
    • ‘But the mesquite bean has a very low oil content and the kernel which would contain the oil is not eaten.’
    • ‘Native Americans have long used mesquite beans to make numerous delicacies and a few staples.’
    • ‘Made from extracting the juice from the mesquite bean pods that grow abundantly in our southwestern desert.’
    • ‘The insects will feed on the seeds, and many commercial mesquite bean growers are dismayed at their presence.’
    • ‘Cattle primarily are affected by mesquite beans, although goats are also known to be affected.’
    • ‘Milling is a process by which the mesquite beans are pulverized into a protein rich powder very similar to flour.’
    • ‘The mesquite beans have been an essential food source for Native Americans for centuries.’
    • ‘They remained with them eight months until the mesquite bean ripened, when they took up their travels westward.’
    • ‘Grind mesquite beans with a mortar and pestle until they reach a flour-like consistency.’
    • ‘I've read that by mid-summer, mesquite beans make up something like 80% of a coyote's diet.’
    • ‘Now my small property has an exceptional crop of mesquite beans every year.’
    • ‘You will be encouraged to pound mesquite beans into flour, to make a yucca brush, and to twist agave fibers into twine at stations along the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail.’
    • ‘People find themselves shin-deep in mesquite beans they don't know what to do with, and some of us feel guilty throwing them into the landfill.’
    • ‘The Urban Farm in Phoenix is sponsoring a mesquite bean grinding program.’
    • ‘Exfoliating wild mesquite bean meal and skin soothing oatmeal enrich this scrubby tan bar scented with a warm and earthy patchouli essential oil blend.’
    • ‘Grilling spices are everywhere but nowhere can you find a better mesquite flavor than with 100% natural mesquite meal or mesquite bean pods.’
    • ‘Harvesting mesquite bean pods for food promotes economic health for communities in desert regions and promotes conservation of natural resources.’
    • ‘They grind the entire mesquite bean and produce a meal that is 11 percent to 17 percent protein.’