We started The Austin Mesquite Project to promote Texas' native and abundant mesquite bean pods for culinary uses. Mesquite beans were the primary source of nutrition for the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest, but most Texans now don't realize that they are even edible, nor uniquely delicious (they smell and taste of complex baking spices and are naturally sweet). 

With the help of our Central Texas community, we are working to change that. We're working with ranchers and foragers to harvest a large bounty of the beans this season so we can have a year-long supply.  We're partnering with Barton Springs Mill to hermetically store the beans. And thanks to a specialized mill financed through a grant from the Austin Food + Wine Alliance, we will be milling them to different specifications for different applications. We're working with local makers to release products that highlight the unique flavor and aroma of the mesquite bean, and help us reconnect with the native food of our land. We'd love to partner with your business to develop new ideas.

Please contact us at bonjour@michebread.com if you would like to be involved in any way.  We are especially in need of ranchers and foragers to be on board before the summer harvest season starts so that we can have an abundant supply. 

Check us out on Instagram: @atxmesquite