Raw Jugo Beans/Bambara Groundnuts/Ditloo

Nyimo beans, jugo beans, bambara ground nuts, indlubu, tindluwa, ditloo….call them whatever name you prefer but these delicious little babies deserve a place in your kitchen cupboard and of course your grocery shopping list!

I have been looking for jugo beans for a while now and finding them in Cape Town is like looking for Table Mountain in Jozi.  So, I used some of my free time to look for them while I was in Jozi last week.  A friend took me to a market place called Swazi Inn based in Tembisa.   Other items such as indigenous plants, live farm reared chickens etc. are available at the market and it can be a real culture shock to someone who has not experienced township life.

I bought a 2kg packet for R36 and cooked myself some jugo beans for the first time in my life!  They are amazing and it makes me sad that one cannot get them at retail stores and some people don’t even know about their existence.   I used to be one of those people….

Jugo beans originated in North Africa and cultivated throughout the continent.  In South Africa they are found in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland.  They are nutritious…a good source of protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

Preparation methods vary and are not limited to boiling, roasting, stewing, soups and they can be milled into flour.  I prepared the recipe below,  if you happen to find them in your area buy a packet and try it out.  Hope you enjoy!

Snack Time….Buttered & Salted Izindlubu


Buttered & Salted Izindlubu Recipe

Serves: 3-4

500ml (2 cups) jugo beans

6 cups boiling water

10ml (2tsp) butter


Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Sort and soak beans overnight.  Discard the soaking water before cooking.
  2. In a saucepan, add jugo beans, boiling water and simmer for 2-3 hours or until soft.
  3. Add butter and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve as a snack.



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34 Response Comments

  • Flee  January 23, 2013 at 7:50 am

    WOW, those look amazing, I have never seen or heard of Jugo Beans, but will definitely try and get my hands on some. Yummy thanks

    • Thuli  January 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Flee, Zirkie and Tami!

      Do try them out when you find them. Let me know 🙂


      • Bridget  November 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

        Hi Thuli – it is a so encouraging to learn of your site.

        Jugo beans are incredible from a health point of view, they are an amazing in many many dishes as well as snacks and are gluten -free.

        We work with many small scale farmers growing Jugo beans, and would love the world over to know about them.

        Ii am based in Zimbabwe and currently have 60 tonnes in my warehouse.

        • Paula  June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

          I just got 2 packets in today from a patient in Zim, came to SA for eye treatment, Savonuts, nyimo, in the pressure cooker as I type…..a little piece of home and heaven….

          • Thuli  June 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

            Hey Paula!

            I haven’t had them in a long while! Enjoy! 🙂


  • tami  January 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    They are so pretty. Lovely pics Thuli and I’ll definately keep an eye out for them 🙂

  • Zirkie  January 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I never knew them so thanks for sharing! It is soooo pretty!

  • usha singh  January 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Thuli–i love these beans and a number of Indian Grocery Stores keep–i love the fresh ones that you get at local markets in Kwa Zulu natal

    • Thuli  January 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hi ever-graceful Usha! How are you my lovely diva sista? Thanks for your comment. Would love to see how you incorporate the beans in your Indian dishes hey! xoxo!

  • Les  February 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Two of my colleagues are from Zimbabwe and they are always raving about this nyimos. One of them managed to get some from a family member who visited now during the December holidays. I was promised to get a taste when they make some. I am anxiously waiting…..
    If anyone knows where i can get some in Cape Town, please let me know. I would like to surprise them and buy them some.

    • Thuli  February 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Les, I tried looking for a supplier here in Cape Ton and found one, but they are out of stock until August. Will keep on looking and let you know!

    • Thuli  April 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Kelly!! 🙂

  • marilyn  July 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Oh my word, these are my favourite. They taste even better when fresh. Very healthy and filling too!

  • sheila coutouvidis  July 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I used to buy them in Zimbabwe and they are the most fabulous food. I also bought some once from a small Indian shop in Durban. Im desperate to find a seller whereby I can purchase these on line. I live in the Karoo. Can you help?

  • Phillipine  November 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thuli, ka Sepedi ke DiNawa.

    • Thuli  November 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks Phillipine! Note the addition! 🙂

  • Rishad  April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I’ve been eating Jugo beans since I was a child – I grew up in Pietersburg (now Polokwane) and I miss them because I now live in Cape Town. Rencently a friend brought me a bag – delicious!

    • Thuli  April 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hi Rishad,

      Thanks for sharing! I also buy them in Joburg! They are delicious, aren’t they? 🙂

  • sibusiso.kumalo  May 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I hope, in the five years you are expected to pay back your loans, you earn back what you lost to the sharks in a day. Plus interest!

    • Thuli  May 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Sbu,

      Thanks for visiting the blog and for your comment! Hope you try out some of the recipes 🙂


  • Mike  May 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    So like we were on our way back from Vic falls two days ago and along the way from Rundu coming down to Grootfontein there were loads of people selling the beans along the road side. They are a staple here called in oshiwambo Eefukwa ( Plural ) I don’t know the Kavango name at present but they are a multi facetted item in cooking and most certainly filling and delicious!

    • Thuli  May 15, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for for sharing your experience! Yes my Zim friends call they Nyimo Beans. They also have them in cans in that part of the continent! I would love to get my hands on the canned ones!

      Have fun!

  • Bridget  September 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Jugo beans are one of my favourite foods, found easily in Limpopo where I live. I also make a humus out of them which is divine

  • Lizette  May 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Oh yes they are very delicious. I know it as indlubu. I grew up eating it. I used to buy a cup for R5 when I was 10 years old and that was 20 years ago. They were cooled in salt water. And its true if you say that once youve started eating them… well then you cant get enough. I believe theres certain times that that are available here in south africa. Not sure if its between january and September and or from September to January. Luckly ive got a friend thats on the look out for it for me. She just brought me a 2kg bag yesterday and im now busy cooking them. Just to let you all now…. its very addictive… and hopefully not fattening. Not many white people are familiar with it but im one of the lucky white south asfrican that knows of it and do enjoy morog.. dont know how to spell but its almost like spinach. Thats lovely too.

    • Thuli  May 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Hi Lizette,

      Thank you for sharing! 🙂 I’ve been seeing them a lot in Cape Town lately. They are sold by Zimbabwean street vendors and a small bag goes for R10 or R15.

      You almost got it right. It’s Morogo! 🙂


  • Noku  May 11, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Looooooove them….in siSwati they are called tindlubu and they do go a long way. I think they are not well promoted as they can help towards decreasing food insecurity. Well I am am in Pretoria and I am fortunate to know a few markets stock it.

    I was hoping to get more ways of using them in recipes as I only know the traditional ways of boiling them until they are soft, mashing them up and adding a bit of seasoning either, in a stiff or slurry like consistancy.

    • Thuli  May 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Hey Noku! 🙂

      I haven’t tasted them in a long while. I’ll whip up some recipes just for you! Check back in a couple of weeks!


  • Elsie  April 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I’ve been trying to find some here in Springs, or even as far as Jo’burg, but don’t know where to find it. Can anyone help, please?

  • ernest  May 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    After much searching in joburg I found this shop in the cbd.I also bought maize and peanuts and can’t wait to cook the mixture tonight.this beats any snacks.

    • Thuli  May 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      So awesome to hear that Ernest! Please enjoy and let us know how it all turns out 🙂

      Xx Thuli

  • lizette  May 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Do I have to soak it overnight? With or without the shell? Can I cook it without soaking overnight and with shell?

  • Richard Truen  October 10, 2016 at 7:28 am

    In Durban they are for sale at Gorima’s which you will find at the P&P Hyper , Game City and Gateway

    • Thuli  October 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for your comment! It’ll be helpful to some of our readers in Durban. 🙂

      Thuli Xx


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