Beans

In Kenya beans are not just BEANS! Consumers know their bean variety and preference. Our market prices are private sector market prices and are the prices consumers pay.

Yellow Beans (A greenish bean) alias Kathika (Kenya), Soya Njano (Tanzania).  Yellow Beans is commonly found in Africa countries, the bean is tasty and does not give gas.  While greatly lacking in color when cooked the bean is an increasing great meat supplement in domestic household consumption. Yellow Beans fetches the highest prices.  Retail Ksh98($0.98)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh90($0.90), 90Kg Bag Ksh8,100($81.00). Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports 90kgs bag prices of Elgeyo Marakwet, Ksh6,003($60.03), Kajiado Ksh9,000($90), Kisumu, Ksh11,997($119), Migori Ksh10,080($100.80), Nakuru Ksh8,100($81), Siaya Ksh13,500($135), Uasin Gishu Ksh7,920($79.2). RATIN reports  wholesale prices/kg at Kenya, Nairobi Ksh91($0.91), Eldoret Ksh82($0.82), Meru Ksh56($0.56), Uganda, Masindi, Ksh51($0.51), Lira Ksh58($0.58), Kampala Ksh68($0.68), Gulu Ksh60($0.60).  Tanzania, Dar, Ksh96($0.96), Iringa Ksh78($0.78), Arusha Ksh74($0.74), Mbeya Ksh67($0.67) Rwanda, Ruhengeri, Ksh78($0.78), Kamembe Ksh80($0.80), Mulindi Ksh84($0.84), Rubavu Ksh72($0.72), Burundi, Gitega, Ksh92($0.92), South Sudan, Juba, Ksh222($2.22).  Farmgain reports Uganda wholesale prices/kg at, Owino, and Kisenyi Ksh84($0.84)/kg, Nakawa, and Kalerwe, Ksh90($0.90), Mbarara, and Masaka, Ksh75($0.75), and Soroti Ksh102($1.02).

Mwitemani, Sura Baya (Kenya), Lukupa (Zambia), Iris (Zimbabwe), Pinto (USA), Romano (Turkey), is a cream bean with black strips that is very popular for Githeri (cooked mixture of maize and beans).  The bean is very popular especially in Western Kenya as it is very tasty and is very popular with individuals with sensitive stomachs.  Mwitemani Retail Price Ksh94($0.94)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh90($0.90)/kg, Ksh8,100($81)/90kg bag. Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports 90kgs bag prices of Nairobi, Ksh7,200($72.00), Nakuru Ksh6,300($63), Mombasa Ksh7,420($74.2), Eldoret Ksh9,000($90), Isiolo Ksh7,400($74), Kajiado Ksh6,800($68), Loitoktok Ksh8,000($80), Kitale Ksh5,200($52), Meru Ksh6,700($67), Embu, Ksh5,000($50), Isiolo Ksh7,400($74), Migori, Ksh9,000($90). Other prices/kg include Ethiopia, Addis, Ksh51($0.51). RATIN reports  wholesale prices/kg at Kenya, Nairobi Ksh87($0.87), Meru Ksh61($0.61), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports Nebraska, Wyoming, Ksh6($0.61), North Dakota, Minnesota Ksh2.7($0.027).

Nyayo Beans (Long Red Speckled) alias Nambale, NABE 19, NABE 4, K132 (Uganda), Maluwa (Malawi), Kabanima (Tanzania), Lyambai (Zambia), Royal Bacara (Zimbabwe).  Nyayo beans is an all season bean and is the most popular bean variety in restaurants, and small size food vendors.  Nyayo bean is highly favored due to it rich red color when cooked with maize, along with it’s rich red stew. The Nyayo beans are mostly imported from Uganda and Tanzania.  Nyayo Beans Retail Ksh94($0.94)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh83($0.83)/kg; 90Kg Bag Ksh7,500($75.00); Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports a wholesale price/90kg bag at Kisumu, Ksh9,000($90), Migori Ksh7,200($72), Nakuru Ksh6,750 ($67.5), Siaya Ksh11,250($11.25), Uasin Gishu Ksh6,750($67.50).  RATIN reports wholesale prices/kg Kenya, Makueni Ksh89($0.89), Machakos Ksh84($0.84), Eldoret Ksh76 ($0.76), Meru Ksh56($0.56),  South Sudan Juba, Ksh216.2($2.16), Burundi, Ngozi Ksh65($0.65), DRC, Kolwezi, Ksh117($1.17).  Rwanda, Kimironko, Ksh68($0.68), Tanzania, Dar Ksh78($0.78), Mbeya, Ksh52($0.52).  Farmgain Africa reports wholesale prices/kg, Owino Ksh69($0.69), Nakawa, Ksh69($69), Lira, Ksh75($0.75)/kg. Ethiopia, Addis, Ksh83($0.83)/kg.

Saitoti Beans (medium, red mottled) alias NABE-17 (Uganda), Lyambai (Zambia), Napilira (Malawi) Bilfa Uyole (Tanzania); Very popular with hotels and restaurants, and a favorite in household consumption. Saitoti bean shares similar features with Nyayo beans however it is characterized by being shorter Nyayo bean. Saitoti Beans Retail Ksh94($0.94)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh83($0.83)/kg; 90Kg Bag Ksh7,500($75.00); Kenya Ministry of Agriculture does not reports the price for this commodity. AHCX reports price/kg at; Ksh76($0.76).

 

Rosecoco Beans (Pink  or Brown Red Speckled /Cranberry Beans) alias Kayewa (Uganda) Kabulanketi (Tanzania); Popular in restaurant and household consumption, as it does not give gas.  The bean has similar features to Saitoti, but is pinkish in color. Rosecoco Beans Retail Ksh101($1.04)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh98($0.98)/kg; 90Kg Bag Ksh9,000($90); Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports a 90kg Bag at Siaya, Ksh11,250($11.25), Nakuru Ksh9,000($90), Mombasa, Ksh7,800($78.00), Elgeyo Marakwete, Ksh6,000($60), Migori, Ksh8,290($82.90), Isiolo, Ksh8,500($85)/kg, Uasin Gishu, Ksh7,020($70.20), West Pokot, Ksh6,480($64.80), Kajiado, Ksh9,000($90), Kakamega Ksh7,650($76.50), Nakuru, Ksh7,650($76.50), Taveta, Ksh6,300($63). RATIN reports wholesale price/kg, Kenya, Mombasa Ksh84($0.84)/kg, Nakuru, Ksh84($0.84)/kg, Tanzania, Dar Ksh100($1.00)/kg. Farmgain reports price per Kg, Uganda; Owino, Kisenyi, Masaka Ksh72($0.72), and Mubende, Ksh45($0.45)/kg, Nakawa, and Kabale Ksh75($0.75).

Wairimu Bean (Long Red beans); alias Uyole 96 (Tanzania), Red Wollayta (Ethiopia), Red Haricot, Famous of its rich red color in Githeri (cooked mixture of maize and beans) and Madondo (beans stew).  The Wairimu beans are mostly imported from Uganda and Tanzania. There are two Wairimu beans variety the shinny polished variety popularly know as Wairimu Royal. The ordinary variety is currently selling at Retail Ksh86($0.86)/kg; Wholesale Price Ksh76($0.76)/kg; 90Kg Bag Ksh6,800($68.00).  RATIN reports wholesale prices/kg at South Sudan, Juba Ksh190($1.90)/kg, DRC, Kolwezi, Ksh117($1.17), RW, Rubavu, Ksh70($0.70), Gitega, BI, Ksh54($0.51)/kg,  Uganda, Lira and Kasese, Ksh76($0.76)/kg, Tanzania, Iringa, Ksh73($0.73).  Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports wholesale price/kg, Kajiado, Ksh100($1.)0)/kg, Migori, Ksh92($0.92), Nakuru, Ksh60($0.6), Siaya Ksh100($1.00), West Pokot Ksh64($0.64). AHCX reports price/kg, Malawi, Lilongwe, Ksh76($0.76).  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports Colorado, Nebraska Ksh3.9($0.039).

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Kikara/Kakunzu, Sugar Bean – (Kenya), Kholophethe, Nyati Red (Malawi), Golden Starlite (Zimbabwe), Masavu/NABE11 (Uganda) is a white/cream maroon stripped bean often mistaken for Mwitemani. Sugar beans are imported from Uganda into the Kenyan market.  Retail Price Ksh100($1.00)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh94($0.94)/kg, Ksh8,500($85.0)/90kg bag. Zambia, Lusaka Ksh75($0.75)/kgACE Malawi reports price/kg at, Malawi, Phalombe,Mwk373/kg, Ksh52($0.52)/kg.

 

Mwezi-Moja; alias Kabulangeti (Zambia) is a purple bean, and as the names (one month in swahili) indicates the bean matures very quickly.   Mwezi-Moja is popular for fresh maize Githeri (cooked mixture of maize and beans) and Madondo (beans stew) as it takes a shorter time to cook in comparison to other beans. Retail Price Ksh94($0.94)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh90($0.90)/kg, Ksh8,100($81.00)/90kg bagRATIN reports wholesale price/kg, Kenya, Mombasa Ksh84($0.84)/kg.  The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports price/90kg Bag at, Meru, Ksh5,490($55), Nakuru Ksh7,200($72), Meru, Ksh7,000($70), Taveta, Ksh7,000($70), Kitui, Ksh8,100($81)/kg.

 

White Butter Beans popularly know as Noe White in Kenya. Butter beans are grown in Kenya in Nanyuki, and some parts of Kitui. Butter beans are not grown much because they are crawling beans that decrease other crop yield when intercropped. Butter Beans varieties are white, brown, purple or black bean, that is popular for bean stew, it takes a shorter time to cook in comparison to other beans. Retail Price Ksh170($1.70)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh160($1.60)/kg, Ksh16,000($160)/100kg bag.

 

Black Butter Beans popularly know as Noe Black in Kenya. Butter beans are grown in Kenya in Nanyuki, and some parts of Kitui. Butter beans are not grown much because they are crawling beans that decrease other crop yield when inter-cropped. Black Noe is increasing becoming very popular because it is tasty and lacks of an after taste in comparison to the white noe. Retail Price Ksh170($1.70)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh160($1.60)/kg, Ksh16,000($160)/100kg bag.

 

Red Speckled Butter Beans popularly know as Speckled Noe Black in Kenya. The speckles on this variety of butter beans gives it a beautiful and interesting pattern, which is maintained even after the bean is fully cooked.  Speckled butter beans are as tasty as they look. Retail Price Ksh180($1.80)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh160($1.60)/kg, Ksh16,000($160)/100kg bag.

 

Njugu Mawe (Swahili),  Tsimbade (Luyha), Monkey Nut, Bambara Nut, Okpa (Igbo), Epa-Roro (Yoruba).  While a nut, it is regarded as not to be a nut but a legume, and is rich in protein.  Njugu Mawe is a traditional healthy food, that is highly nutritious often cooked with maize (both fresh, dry, or dehusked maize).  Health benefits include reducation of anaemia, as it boost the blood cell producation. The prices are Retail Ksh180($1.80)/kg, Wholesale Ksh160($1.60)/kg, or Ksh16,000($160)/100kgs bag.

 

Gachuma/Kachuma Bean (Kenya), alias;  Naser (Ethiopia);  Very similar to Kituru/Gituru bean but is small round deep red kidney bean its small size and polished look sets it apart.  Retail Price Ksh78($0.78)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh70($0.70)/kg, Ksh6,300($62.63)/90kg bag.Gachuma/Kachuma Bean (Kenya), alias;  Naser (Ethiopia);  Very similar to Kituru/Gituru bean but is small round deep red kidney bean its small size and polished look sets it apart. This bean is season and may not be available all the time like the Nyayo bean.  Retail Price Ksh100($1.00)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh94($0.94)/kg, Ksh8,460($84.6)/90kg bag.  Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports a price/90kg bag, at Nairobi, Ksh8,100($81), Kisumu, Ksh9,600($96), Nakuru, Ksh7,200($72), Kajiado, Ksh, 8,000 ($80), Kitale, Ksh5,200($52), Taveta, Ksh8,100($81).  RATIN reports wholesale prices/kg South Sudan Juba, Ksh216($2.16), DRC,Uvira Likasi , Ksh85($0.84)/kg.  Rwanda, Ruhengeri Ksh70($0.70), Tanzania, Arusha Ksh86($0.86)/kg.  Other Markets reports, Turkey Ksh206($2.06)/kg, Ethiopia, Addis, Ksh55($0.55)/kg.  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports Washington, Idaho, Ksh2.6($0.26), Michigan, Ksh3($0.03).

 

Katiligi (Kenya), NABE9C/NABE12C (Uganda) White or light speckled kidney bean.  The speckles are purple in color.  The bean is highly seasonal and rear in Kenya, but a popular with those who have tried it, as its rather delicious and is not gassy.   Retail Price Ksh110($1.10)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh95($0.95)/kg, Ksh8,550($85.5)/90kg bag.

 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Gituru-Canadian-Wonder6Web-150x150.jpgGituru alias; Kituru or Canadian Wonder Bean (Kenya), Urafiki (Tanzania); Sapatsika (Malawi)   Deep Red, Shiny long kidney bean, often mistaken for  Wairimu Royal; however it’s distinct tastes, long size and polished look sets it apart.  Retail Price Ksh114($1.14)/kg, Wholesale Price Ksh107($1.07)/kg, Ksh9,630($96.3)/90kg bag. Kenya Ministry of Agriculture reports a price/90kg bag, at Migori, Ksh7,200($72), Nakuru, Ksh7,200($72), Siaya, Ksh, 9,000 ($90), Kitale, Ksh5,200($52), Taveta, Ksh8,100($81).  RATIN reports wholesale prices/kg, South Sudan Juba, Ksh216($2.16), DRC, Uvira Likasi , Ksh85($0.85)/kg.  Rwanda, Ruhengeri Ksh70.5($0.70), Tanzania, Arusha Ksh86($0.86)/kg.  Other Markets reports, Turkey Ksh206($2.06)/kg, Ethiopia, Addis, Ksh55($0.55)/kg.United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota Ksh4($0.04).

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