Mitla Black

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Mitla Black
Uses dry
Growth Habit pole
Flower Color purple
Pod Color green
Seed Color black
Seed Pattern solid

Name and History

Mitla is an important Zapotec archaeological site in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Mitla Black is often sold as a tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius), but that is dubious.


Growth: Bushy climbing plants to 4-6 feet. Leaves and stems tinged with purple.

Pods: Dry pods shell easily.
Seeds: Small, slightly flattened, and solid black with a prominent white hilum. A mini version of the usual black beans.

Uses and Opinions

Flavorful, creamy, and quick-cooking.