Beans originated in Peru and were spread over South and Central America via native tribes. They knew how to get a good harvest: plant beans and do a rain dance. During the 16th century the Spaniards brought beans to Europe as a souvenir. They were chic and expensive at first, but in the 19th century they became widespread and affordable.
Lots of beans are long distance travellers. A string bean from Egypt becomes like a rubber band during a long journey. Ask your kids to do the stress test: fresh pods don’t bend, they make a juicy snap – and easily break in two parts.
COLORS AND SIZES
There’s an amazing variety in beans. They come in many shapes, colors and tastes. Eat them as seeds or in a pod, green, black, white, yellow, brown or red. Enjoy!
Beans and grains contain different amino acids, which complement each other. That’s what makes them the perfect protein match. If you eat beans and some whole grains on the same day, you’ll meet all protein requirements. No meat needed.
WHAT MAKES BEANS SPECIAL?
Since beans don’t grow a label, here are some nutritional highlights: they are cheap, delicious and filled to the brim with proteins, vitamins and minerals – and hardly any calories. They are real superstars!
ON OUR MENU
There are green beans galore in DIY Pasta. Black beans and kidney beans are to be found in Tortilla Technician.
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