Technically, Beans are the Seeds of Legumes Carried in a 2 Seamed Pod.
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A Bean, is the seed of specific Legumes, those with an edible seed pod that splits along both sides. Humanity has been eating them and thus full of Beans for at least 4,000 years.

Season

Availability

Beans are available year long.

Cultivation

Beans are a specific variant of seed, one that grows in a husk in a pod that splits down both sides. Beans are found in among the following Legumes: Pea (Pisum Family), Legume (Fabaceae Family), Lentil (Lens Family), Hyacinth (Lablab Family), Soybean (Glycine Family) or Coral Bean (Erythrina Family).

Other vegetables and plants grow similar types of seeds and pods, though they are technically not Legumes and therefore not capable, technically, of producing a Bean.

Production

Varieties

Purchasing

Culinary Uses

Beans are typically cooked by Boiling, Simmering, Poaching, Grilling, Pan Frying, Sweating or Steaming.

Relevant Lessons

How to Prep Green Beans

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of cooked Beans per person.

Nutritional Value USDA
BEANS,BAKED,HOME PREPARED
Amount Per 100g
Calories 155
%Daily Value*
 
7%
Total Fat 5g
0%
Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
1%
Cholesterol 5mg
18%
Sodium 422mg
7%
Potassium 358mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g
20%
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

In general, Beans are easily grown and stored. They also have good nutrition, with high protein content, high fiber content and large amounts of Folates and Iron, as well as Vitamins A and C. Only the Soybean is a Complete Protein, containing all 9 Essential Amino Acids, so most Bean types should be eaten and mixed with other foods in a purely vegetarian diet.

Again in general, since there are many types of Beans, a 3.5 oz (99 g) serving of Beans will contain about 80 calories, of which .37 oz (10.5 g) are carbohydrates, .02 oz (.5 g) are fats and .34 oz (9.6 g) are protein. The ease of growth and storage plus their nutrition content make Beans a favorite staple around the world! Especially, where access to animal proteins is limited for economic or environmental reasons.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes