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Dry Bean Day

Get ready to bring some flavor and nutrition to your meals with Dry Bean Day - the perfect excuse to add beans to all of your dishes!
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January 6
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Get ready to celebrate all things dry bean on January 6th for Dry Bean Day! Whether you love them in soups, salads, or as a tasty side dish, dry beans have been a staple in diets around the world for centuries. In fact, they were first cultivated in Peru over 7,000 years ago and have since become an important source of protein and nutrition for many cultures. So why not take this day to appreciate these humble legumes and try out some new recipes featuring your favorite type of bean? Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

History of Dry Bean Day

Dry Bean Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>500 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dry Beans Ancient Cultivation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dry beans were being cultivated in ancient civilizations in Peru and Mexico around 500 BC.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1492</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bean Export to Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>Christopher Columbus brought beans back to Europe from his voyages to the New World in 1492, making them popular across the continent.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>19th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bean Cultivation in the U.S.</div><div class='timeline-text'>The production of dry beans became widespread in the U.S. during the 19th century when European immigrants familiar with these crops settled on farmlands.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1930s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Beans and Great Depression</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the Great Depression, beans were a staple food due to their high nutritional value and low cost.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion in Dietary Guidelines</div><div class='timeline-text'>For the first time, beans were included in the official U.S. Dietary Guidelines in 1987, highlighting their nutritional importance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Dry Bean Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The inaugural Dry Bean Day was celebrated on January 6th, 2018, to promote the benefits of this healthful and diverse food.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Dry Bean Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a bean-themed menu</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative in the kitchen and plan a menu centered around beans. From bean soups and stews to bean burgers and hummus, there are endless possibilities for incorporating dry beans into your meals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a bean scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local grocery store or farmer's market and go on a scavenger hunt for different types of dry beans. Challenge yourself to find unique varieties and try them in new recipes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a bean-themed potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for a potluck where everyone brings a dish featuring dry beans. This is a great way to try new recipes and spend time with loved ones.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a cooking class focused on beans</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check your local community center or cooking school for any classes or workshops that focus on cooking with beans. You'll learn new techniques and recipes to incorporate into your own cooking.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a food bank</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate Dry Bean Day by giving back to the community. Volunteer at a local food bank and help sort and distribute dry beans to those in need. It's a great way to support the importance of beans in our diets while also making a difference in someone's life.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Dry Bean Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dry beans are nutrient-rich</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dry bean day is a great reminder to add these protein-packed legumes to your diet. They are loaded with nutrients like fiber, iron, and folate - making them not only tasty but also incredibly beneficial for your health!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dry beans are versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From black beans to chickpeas, there are endless varieties of dry beans that can be used in a variety of dishes. You can make soups, salads, dips, or even incorporate them into baked goods. Dry bean day encourages you to get creative in the kitchen!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dry beans are budget-friendly</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only do dry beans offer nutritional benefits and versatility in the kitchen, they are also very affordable! This makes them a perfect staple food to have on hand for budget-conscious individuals or families looking to create delicious and healthy meals without breaking the bank.</p></div></div>

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Dry Bean Day FAQs

When is Dry Bean Day?

Dry Bean Day is celebrated on January 6 every year. In 2024 Dry Bean Day will occur on a Saturday.

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