legume that benefits the soil in which it is grown and that is well suited to interplanting with other crops such as corn.
Although they have real potential, these popping beans are probably unknown elsewhere because they apparently have daylength requirements that at present seem to restrict their cultivation to equatorial latitudes. Research to overcome this could give the world a large and fascinating new crop.
Andean Region. Nuña cultivation is already widespread from at least northern Ecuador to northern Bolivia, although distribution is discontinuous and in many places the plant is unfamiliar. With research and promotion, this bean is likely to be more widely adopted throughout the mountain region, as well as in the lowlands. It is already widely used by some urban mestizos, and in both highland towns and some coastal cities it sells at prices similar to those obtained for the most favored bean cultivars.3