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horse bean

Horse beans are a type of pulse, with one seedpod containing four or three six peas. There are two species horse beans grown in Ethiopia which are classified by their size (broad and small). Horse bean needs a subtropical or tropical climate with range 800-1100 millimeters for tropical regions and 700-900 millimeters for subtropical regions and 700 millimeters if cultivated by irrigational system of annual rain. Almost all regions in Ethiopia cultivate horse beans.

Broad beans are rich in tyramine, and thus should be avoided by those taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Broad beans are also rich in L-dopa, a substance used medically in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. L-dopa is a natriuretic agent, which might help in controlling hypertension. The seed testae contain condensed tannins of the proanthocyanidins type that could have an inhibitory activity on enzymes.

Nutritional contains of our horse bean includes: energy, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat, proteins and different kinds of vitamins (Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Folate (B9), Vitamin C, Vitamin K), trace metals ( calcium, Iron, Magnesium, manganese, Phosphorus, and potassium).

Like all other legumes, our horse beans are high in fiber and protein as seed on the above paragraph and provide a number of health benefits, as they contain high amounts of minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. All these minerals play an important role in the overall development of our body. Phosphorus is required for the formation of healthy bones and teeth. The good amount of potassium in horse beans helps the body maintain blood pressure and regulate heart function. The bean is low in calories and fat and has no cholesterol, thus they are healthy foods that can help to lose or maintain weight, hence making it ideal for health conscious individuals. It is rich in fiber, which is required by the body to move food through the digestive system. It serves as a rich source of thiamin, which is essential to maintain normal nerve function. In addition, it also helps the body utilize vitamins. Horse beans are rich sources of vitamin A and C; vitamin A is required for good vision, skin, growth and bone development, while vitamin C is necessary for boosting the immune system.

In addition to being an excellent source of nutrients that support cardiovascular health, our horse beans are high in dietary fiber, providing 9 gm per 1/4 cup. Legumes such as lima beans are a source of both types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble, but are particularly rich in soluble fiber. Consuming soluble, fiber-rich foods may help improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is particularly effective at lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, commonly referred to as "bad" cholesterol.

We keep our stock at moisture content minimum 12% to prevent insect and or disease outbreaks in storage. Usually our storage system carefully fumigated before storing the stock and all storage areas we have monitored regularly to identify potential problems early. We often pack at the time of sales in 50kg package system but it might vary depend on the demand of the buyers.