Since it looks like we are going to have a bumper crop of mesquite beans this year thanks to the rain, I thought I would post how we make use of them. We make mesquite bean flour and syrup and my wife uses the flour in her baking. We have two main varieties of mesquite around here: curly mesquite and honey mesquite. Both can be used but the honey mesquite is sweeter. They are the ones with the straight bean pods. Sweetness varies from tree to tree also. When the beans look dried but still on the tree, pull one off and chew it and see if you like the sweetness of it. If so gather a bunch of them from the trees. Don't use the ones that have fallen on the ground. We then dry them more in the oven on low before we process them. We have a cheap blender that we use rather than a grinder. Here are a couple of good links on how to process the bean pods along with some recipes so there is no need for me to duplicate them. I am amazed how few people utilize this food source out here in West Texas. Here are the links.