National Bean Day is one of those opportunities to take a moment and reflect on how many different kinds of beans there are and how they are an exceptional source of protein (essential for cell structure and function) and fiber (lowering cholesterol levels), as well as complex carbohydrates (body uses as energy), folate (cell growth and metabolism) and iron (carrying oxygen throughout the body).
Beans are a versatile vegetable as they can be eaten as a snack, a buttered side dish, or be the main event of a casserole or soup. They’re found in different sizes, shapes and colors making it a fun plant to experiment growing different varieties with.
Other than being a healthy and tasty snack, beans have been at the forefront of scientific research, used to develop theories in plant genetics.
Here are a few fun ways you can acknowledge National Bean Day:
– Plan for your summer garden and get some bean seeds to sow in May. They’re very easy to grow!
– Make a delicious bean dish – there are lots of recipes out there!
– Try something new! Make a dish with a bean you’ve never had before…
– Use #NationalBeanDay when you post on social media how you’re recognizing this amazing vegetable on its special day.
Beans grow well when planted in a full sun area with well-draining, warm soil.
Types of beans to grow:
– Bush beans – compact growth, require no support. Easy to grow. Produce before pole beans. Will produce in a flush, so planting in succession every 2 weeks through July will prolong your harvest season.
– Pole beans – grow as a climbing vine requiring a trellis. Typically yield more beans than bush beans, ready to harvest in 55 to 65 days. Will produce for over a month or two.