Why is January 6 National Bean Day? Some believe it commemorates the death of renown geneticist, Gregor Mendel, who used bean and pea plants to test his theories on inheritance. Mendel died on January 6, 1884.
Beans were an important source of protein throughout Old and New World history, and still are today.
Beans and legumes are generally a healthy source of a number of other nutrients including magnesium, fiber, potassium, and complex carbohydrates and folate. Beans are also high in iron.
Beans have significant amounts of soluble fiber. Just one cup of cooked beans provide between nine and 13 grams of fiber.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of varieties of beans throughout the world, each with its own particular flavor. Many cultures have integrated beans into their diet because beans are easily stored, nonperishable, flavorful, and nutritious. Regardless of ways people like beans, they can be prepared and enjoyed in numerous ways.
The easiest way to celebrate National Bean Day is by cooking a bean dish of your choice.
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