Haricot bean

Haricot Bean(ቦሎቄ)in Ethiopia

Haricot Beans were likely first introduced to Ethiopia by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Since then, they have become an important source of domestic food production as well as an important export commodity. The major Haricot Bean producing areas of Ethiopia are the central, eastern, and southern parts of the country. Ethiopia’s terrain and climate is ideal for Haricot Bean production because of the diversity of its agro-ecology zones, all of which are generally moderate in their temperatures year round, leading to the wide cultivation of three different varieties of the bean.

The three varieties, identified by the color of the mature bean, are each grown in different regions. The speckled and red varieties are both commonly consumed in Ethiopian cuisine. The red variety – the highest demand for which comes from across East Africa – grows primarily along the Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia.

The speckled variety, known for its colorful beans, grows in northern and central Ethiopia. White varieties are widely cultivated in the same areas as the speckled and red varieties, but because they not consumed locally, more than 90% of the white Haricot Bean harvest makes its way to export.

largest producer globally

Haricot Bean production and export

Annual Haricot Bean production in the country is approximately 540,000 metric tons. Between the 2013/14 and 2015/16 growing seasons, the number of farmers growing Haricot Beans increased by 8%, while the amount of land committed to Haricot Bean cultivation increased by 12%. In the same period, overall production increased by 21%, making it one of the fastest expanding legume crops and an important source of foreign earnings for many Ethiopians. Currently, more than 190,000 metric tons of Haricot Beans are exported every year.

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  • Admixture:-0.1%      
  • Admixture:-0.1%      
  • Damage:-Max 0.05% 
  • Foreign matter:-Max 0.2%
  • Moisture :-Max 12%
  • Purity:- Min 98%
  • Color:-Different


  • Purity:- 98%-99%Hand Picked and selected
  • Free from:-Alive & dead Weevils & Weevil holed beans,and abnormal smell or odor
  • Admixture: 0.5% max
  • Damage:- 1% max
  • Moisture:-14% max
  • Size:- naturalt


  • Admixture:- 0.75% max
  • Moisture:-Not more than 10%
  • Damage:-1%Max (cracked Seed, Shriveled and insect Damage)
  • Size:- Small
  • Purity :- 98.5% Min
  • Colors:- 0.19%
  • Cooking time: – 80 min.


  • Moisture:-Max 14%   
  • Free from:- live & dead Weevils & Weevil old beans, and abnormal smell or odor   
  • Admixture:- 0.5% Max – No Other Color Beans
  • Damage:-slight Defect In Shape & Skin 2% Max
  • Size:-Min10.5mm Diameter
  • Color: Not Exceed Max 10% From Natural Color

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