Hyacinth Beans are popularly known as Avarebele by the locals in Karnataka. These beans are very versatile and loved throughout the state. The uniqueness and flavour of the beans are so popular that there is a festival/ fair dedicated to it called ‘Avarekai Mela’. The finest quality seeds are fried, roasted, boiled, cooked, or mixed with other ingredients to make a ton of different dishes presented in the fair. From street foods to delicacies it is used everywhere. Chaat, Dosa, Salads, Chikki, Barfi, laddu and so many more ways to present it. A total of more than 150 Avarebele dishes are prepared in the mela every year. Bengaluru is also known for its festivals celebrating other agricultural products. Like Avarekai mela, Bangalore also hosts annual peanut fair called ‘Kadalekai Parishe’ and also the Millets fair.
Native to Africa, Hyacinth is cultivated widely in North Africa and Asia. Making its way to India from Africa in between 1600 to 1500 BC, it quickly became a popular food source. The cooked Avarebele Beans without the salt provides 227 Calories per 1 cup of 194 grams. It contains high amount of Iron, Copper & Zinc. The same amount of serving size provides 159mg of magnesium, 233mg of phosphorus, 15.79 g of protein and 78 mg of calcium. Avarebele contains good number of calories and is eaten for instant energy due to its healthy properties.
Copper in Avarebele helps with brain health. It helps with uplifting mood, focus and happiness. The antioxidants present in Avarebele prevents the damage caused by free radicals and slow down the aging process. The Vitamin B1 helps counteract heart diseases as it maintains healthy ventricular functions and also treats heart failure. Zinc in Hyacinth and its anti-inflammatory properties helps reduce the risk of cancer. Minerals like Manganese and Zinc assists people suffering from lung disorder and helps in respiration. Avarebele is also proven to maintain proper digestion, treat insomnia, helps with gum health, prevents cramps, and enhance mood. Apart from all the direct healthy uses, Avarebele beans and other parts of the plant is used with different ingredients to treat uncountably many ailments in the traditional ways. Hyacinth, known as Avarebele in Karnataka is truly a god gift.