Bean Facts


Bean facts and general information about Beans.

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Where do Beans Come From:

Beans come from plants.

Why we Need to Eat Beans:

Beans are rich in nutrients, low in calories and a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Beans Include:

Kidney, Black, Great Northern beans (white), Lima.
Legumes are also included in beans such as Lentils, Peas, Chickpeas, Mung, and Soybeans.

How to Cook Beans:

Canned beans are ready to use.
Dried beans need to be washed, cleaned and soaked overnight. (great job for a younger chef)
To cook, cover with water and simmer one hour or until tender. To add flavor that the beans can soak up while cooking, add onion, carrots, ham bones and a bay leaf to the water.

More directions and recipes see how to cook dry beans

Kids Cooking Video: How to Cook with Dry Beans

Bean Science Experiments

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science experiments

Bean Recipes to Try:

Red Beans and Rice

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