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One of the most important Eden species is the Hansa bean [boscia senegalensis], whose fruits can be harvested during the entire hot season.


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Despite being the subject of international food racism, this pioneering species has won the heart of the Eden population. Rich in protein, it is consumed both as a regular bean and as a substitute for millet (being turned into both a dinner dough and morning porridge).


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To enjoy the Hansa bean, all you have to do is soak it in water for four days, to remove the bitter taste (which protects them from goats and other animals). After that, you are free to do what you like!


Renate, my sister-in-law, produced Hansa falafel for dinner the other day, which we fried in peanut oil.


They were delicious!


Because of its high level of protein, the Hansa bean is a great meat substitute, and very filling too.


We shared our culinary experience with the Eden workers, without telling them what the falafel was made of.


They loved the falafel, but having not grown up in the bush, they could not guess what it was made of. Millet? Sorghum? White beans?


Hansa, the bush food? No kidding! This was good!!


And they all had to try some more… :-)


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Personally, I love the hansa bean. It has the coolest shape, a nice nutty taste, and the bush itself is one of the most impressive plants I know. It will grow on a sand dune, produce fruit after three years even in times of need and provide its caretakers with all the needed proteins. The Eden farmers have rediscovered its value and integrated the Hansa bean into their daily lives. In Edenland, it is no longer considered a famine food, and I will not be surprised if it soon spreads to every other corner of the country.

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