The oval beans are a pinkish light-brown colour, and a mild, creamy taste and texture when cooked.
Bolita Beans have more flavour than Pinto beans, though the bush doesn’t give as high a yield; 100 days from seed.
They are grown for drying, because as a green bean they are stringy and have tough, fine hairs on the pod skin. Even the leaves have a bit of fur on them, causing them to stick a bit to your clothing.
Bolita Beans are still popular in New Mexico.
Bolita Beans were grown by Native Americans, in the American southwest, then adopted by Spanish settlers who moved up from Mexico. They have been grown for quite a while in New Mexico.