frijole (frēhōˈlē) [key] [Span. fríjol ], in Mexico and the Spanish American countries, any cultivated bean of the genus Phaseolus. The term frijole refers to the small, flat, black bean that ranks next to corn in importance in the diet of most Latin American countries. It is probably of South American origin and belongs to the same family as the bean introduced into Europe in the 16th cent., from which sprang many of the modern cultivated varieties.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
More on frijole from Infoplease:
- refried beans: meaning and definitions - refried beans: Definition and Pronunciation
- frijol: meaning and definitions - frijol: Definition and Pronunciation
- bean: Types of Beans - Types of Beans In general, beans are warm-season annuals (although the roots of tropical species ...
- New Mexico - Information on New Mexico — economy, government, culture, state map and flag, major cities, points of interest, famous residents, state motto, symbols, nicknames, and other trivia.
- Encyclopedia: Food and Cooking - Encyclopeadia articles concerning Food and Cooking.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Food and Cooking