In addition to being National Bean Day, today is also Dry Bean Day. Since the two are so similar, we’ve put them together in the same post.
In the late 1800s, the genetecist Gregor Mendel used bean and pea plants to develop theories on genetics in plants. He actually became known as the Father of Genetics, and his experiments on bean and pea plants led him to discover the laws of genetic inheritance.
January 6th is the day of his death (which occurred in 1884), so Bean Day is actually about celebrating the amazing science of beans rather than how good they taste.
The word “beans” is a term used for seeds of certain plant families (also known as legumes), and they are stuffed with proteins and complex carbohydrates. They’re also low in fat and high in iron and fiber as well.
There are about 40,000 bean varieties in the world! They have been used to feed civilizations for millenia, and today beans are one of the primary staples of diets through the world today.
One interesting thing about bean plants is that their leaves tilt towards the sun in midday and fold up during the night. Beans can also be dried for long-term storage very easily, and also have been used as currency (such as the cacoa bean) in historical times.
Ideas to Celebrate National Bean Day
Of course, making delicious bean recipes is one way to celebrate the weird holiday of Bean Day, but there are also so many other activities you can do with beans!
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Beans are a staple for many home cooks – they are inexpensive, delicious, nutritious, and store for long periods of time. Let’s explore some of the most popular types of beans available and how to use them on National Bean Day.
Learn how to cook and season yellow eye beans with this old-fashioned southern recipe. Discover where to buy yellow eyes and how to season them so they’ll taste just like Grandma’s cooking on National Bean Day.
This is The Best Vegetable Bean Soup that is light but will keep you full and warm you up. Fresh vegetables are simmered with white beans and chickpeas and flavored with lemon juice, thyme and turmeric. You will love this healthy vegan soup on National Bean Day.
This super easy and best of all delicious enfrijoladas recipe is an economical meal choice that doesn’t take long at all to make. You most likely already have the ingredients needed on hand to make them. Also, both kids and adults will love them on National Bean Day!
Ever wondered to make the Best White Beans? The lowly white bean is about to take on gourmet properties for you, if you follow the tips in this recipe for the Best White Beans and make it on National Bean Day!
Refried black beans with fresh jalapeño is the perfect side dish for all of your favorite Mexican recipes. Starting with canned black beans makes this recipe so quick and easy these flavorful, creamy beans will be on the table in under 30 minutes on National Bean Day
Mediterranean Bean Salad packs chickpeas, white beans, your favorite Mediterranean vegetables and feta cheese into one healthy salad and is topped with a light lemony dressing. This works perfectly as a side dish to a meal on National Bean Day!