Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognized on National Bean Day on January 6th.

This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes, and colors. We’ve been cultivating beans (legumes) since the early seventh millennium BC. And today, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans provide a significant source of protein. Not only are beans an exceptionally healthy meal and snack choice, but they supply an excellent source of fiber. They are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron, too.

In one cup of cooked beans, supplies between 9 and 13 grams of fiber.  Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties is mass-produced for regular consumption.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeanDay

This holiday offers so many recipes to try thanks to all the varieties of beans available. Try beans you’ve never tasted before. Introduce a new variety of bean to your cooking regimen. When you do, be sure to share the recipe. Since beans are so beneficial, you’ll want to keep friends and family informed of your bean discoveries. We even provide a few recipes for you to try. 

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)
Bean Cabbage Soup
Hearty Bean Stew

Use #NationalBeanDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday while sampling the extensive variety of beans available. 

Bean FAQ

Q. Can I grow my own beans?
A. Yes! Beans are a terrific crop to grow and there are enough varieties that one will certainly fit your climate. 

Q. What is a pulse?
A. A pulse is a flowering plant grown for food and the dry seed it produces. They are members of the legume family.

Q. What are the benefits of eating beans?
A. Beans are packed with nutrients our bodies need. They are also an excellent source of protein and fiber.

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