dried beans in Veracruz
Dried beans at a mercado in Veracruz. Photo by Maria Pagola, of Ask Maria, in Veracruz
Along with corn and squash, beans constitute one of the three plant groups on which Mexico's indigenous cultures are based; and as you might expect, there's a bunch of them. All the beans listed below are picked from vines and bushes that are members of the bean family, and, except for the first two in the list, are native American horticultural varieties belonging to the genus Phaseolus. The list below, and the accompanying pictures can only hint at the variety of beans found in Mexican mercados.
assortment of mercado shelled beans