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About guajes

Guajes (pronounced "GWA-hez") are legumes that are popular in Mexican cuisine. You might also find them in the store under the names hauxya, haujes, or guaje beans. When the Spanish arrived in southern Mexico in the early 1500s, they came across the Leucaena Leucocephala tree, which is also known as leadtree in English. Native people in Mexico used the pods from this tree as food and for medicinal purposes.

Guaje is grown mainly in southern Mexico, where the climate is hot. The trees prosper in areas that don't experience frost or have dry seasons lasting longer than seven months. Those in the Philippines use the seeds instead of coffee beans, while residents of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico make jewelry out of the seeds.

The seed pods are thin and flat and are about a foot long. They look somewhat like incredibly long sugar snap peas. The seed pods are considered inedible, but their small green seeds are tender. The seeds are about the size of lima beans and take on a brown hue once they dry and age. The pod's color ranges from green to red and is slightly translucent, so you can see some of the seeds along the pod's length. The seed's taste is slightly bitter and has hints of avocado, okra, garlic, and pumpkin seed.

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