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Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Colour check
  • Breeding better bush beans
  • Trial sites
  • Valuing local knowledge
  • Best of the bunch
  • Harvest time
  • Sticking to tradition
  • Colour check
  • Start of a new season
  • Bean team

Colour check

Seed colour is an important consideration, as it can determine whether a bean variety will sell at market. This not only applies to the colour of the bean coat, but also the tinta or "ink" released by the bean during cooking.

picture credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT



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