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Wednesday, 13 August 2003


Commission Regulation 1428/2003 adds a new product to the growing list of goods whose designations of origin are protected in the European Union: giant white beans (also known as elephant beans). Known to their followers as Fasolia Gigantes - Elefantes Kastorias, these beans are cultivated on the banks of the river Aliakmonas and lake Kastoria in Greece, over some 900 hectares of slightly acidic, well-drained alluvial soil. These beans are not in fact native to Greece, having been first domesticated in Mexico and then imported into Greece at the end of the sixteenth century.

Recipes for giant white beans here, here and here
For a different sort of elephant bean click here
Jumping beans available here for kids and here for software applications developers
Genetic carpetbaggers accuse Mexico of bean piracy here

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