Beans

Summer, Fall

Health Benefits

Beans are a complete source of protein. They are also full of antioxidants and several vital nutrients including folate, zinc, iron, magnesium, and fiber. Beans are widely used by pregnant women for their folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects, and prevents fatigue, irratability, heart palpatations, and loss of appetite.

History

Beans are one of the oldest cultivated plants, primarily because they're a rich source of protein. East Asian beans date back to 9000 BC, and South American beans date as far as 7000 BC.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Dry beans can be stored in a sealed container in a cool dry place away from sunlight. They can be kept longer than one year (some say up to 30 years), but will be harder to rehydrate and cook. Bush beans can be stored in the refrigerator for a little over a week in plastic bags to retain moisture.

How to Prepare

Dry beans can be rehydrated overnight in a pot of cold water, or quick soaked by covering them with cold water, bringing them to a boil, and then letting them soak for one hour. Be sure to strain the beans in a colander and discard the water the beans were soaked in. Bush beans are cleaned by removing the stems and any tough ends.

Ways to Enjoy

Beans can be used in chilis, soups, casseroles, or stir fries for a main course. They're also wonderful in dips, salsas and salads. It can also be used as a substitute in baking, and have been known to appear in breads and puddings.

Health Benefits

Beans are a complete source of protein. They are also full of antioxidants and several vital nutrients including folate, zinc, iron, magnesium, and fiber. Beans are widely used by pregnant women for their folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects, and prevents fatigue, irratability, heart palpatations, and loss of appetite.

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