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Guajes

Other names: huajes, hauxya, guaje , guaje beans
Spanish name: Guajes
  [GWAH-gees]

Guajes (guaje beans) or huajes are the flat, green (or brown) pods of the Leucaena spp. The pods are sometimes light green or deep red in color -- both taste the same.

Guaje seeds are small and turn brown as they age.  The seeds are eaten raw with guacamole, sometimes cooked and made into a sauce. They can also be made into fritters. The ground seeds are used to impart a slightly garlicy flavor to a mole (sauce) called guaxmole (huaxmole). The dried seeds may be toasted and salted and eaten as a snack referred to as "cacalas".

Purchase whole long pods fresh or dried at Mexican specialty markets. See Guaje Recipe Below

Learn more about Traditional Mexican Ingredients

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Substitute for guajes

Small dried lima beans or fava beans

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Recipes

Salsa De Guajes
An example of one of the traditional uses for guaje seeds combined with garlic and chiles to form a thick salsa.
Sunflower Seed Butter
A healthy seed butter made from sunflower seeds, oil and salt.
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