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National Bean Day

Celebrate National Bean Day with a delicious variety of dishes! From chili to baked beans and soups, you won't be disappointed!
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Get ready to celebrate National Bean Day on January 6th! This day was created to honor the mighty bean, which has been around since ancient times. Beans are a versatile food that can be used in many delicious dishes and provide a great source of plant-based protein. They are also high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - making them an essential part of any healthy diet.

History of National Bean Day

National Bean Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>7,000 B.C.</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early Bean Cultivation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Beans have been part of human diet for thousands of years. Evidence of early bean cultivation was found in Thailand dating back to 7,000 B.C.</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'>Beans Reach Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>After Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World, beans, a staple Native American food, were brought back to Europe and spread through trade routes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1863</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bean Soup Tradition in Senate</div><div class='timeline-text'>A tradition was started in the U.S. Senate's restaurant to serve bean soup every day, said to be initiated by a senator's request for the comfort food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1907</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Famous Bean Slogan</div><div class='timeline-text'>Heinz, a popular food-processing company, debuted its famous slogan "Beanz Meanz Heinz", beginning its long association with baked beans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Beans in Space</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first manned Gemini mission, Gemini 3, had a famous 'corned beef sandwich incident' which caused NASA to introduce strict food protocols. They introduced meals in tubes and freeze-dried food, including beans.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National 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'>Cook your own beans</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There is something special about cooking your own beans from scratch. Choose the type of bean you want to use and get creative with the seasoning. Beans are a versatile ingredient and can be used in a variety of recipes.</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 out for beans</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you don't feel like cooking your own beans, why not go out to eat? Look for restaurants that specialize in dishes featuring beans or try something new. You may just find a new favorite dish.</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'>Visit a local farmer's market</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local farmer's market and pick up some fresh, local beans for yourself. Farmer's markets offer a great selection of different types of beans and you can often find unique varieties that you wouldn't find in the grocery store.</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'>Organize a potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a potluck featuring dishes made with beans. Ask each person to bring their favorite bean dish or experiment with something new. It's sure to be an enjoyable evening full of delicious food.</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'>Read about beans</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn more about beans by reading books or articles on the topic. There is so much to explore about the history, culture, and nutrition of this amazing food.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National 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'>Beans are a nutritious source of plant-based protein</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Beans are perfect for anyone looking to add more plant-based proteins to their diet. Not only do they provide a great source of fiber, but they also contain essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Plus, they're tasty too!</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'>Beans are affordable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Beans are budget friendly and easy to find in most grocery stores. So if you're looking for an inexpensive way to get your daily dose of nutrients, beans should be at the top of your list! Plus, they are full of flavor so you won't have to sacrifice taste for price.</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'>Beans can help reduce environmental impact</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Because beans require significantly less resources (e.g. water) than meat production, consuming them instead of animal products can help lessen our collective environmental impact. Plus, beans are renewable which means that as long as farmers rotate their crops properly future generations will be able to enjoy them too!</p></div></div>

5 Facts of Beans That Might Surprise You

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When is National Bean Day?

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

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