I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Year Of The Bean
With the price of food skyrocketing
I chose to plant a little smarter this year.
I wanted all the fresh veggies throughout the summer
and of course I will be canning
but this year I wanted to grow more beans
to dry and store.
Did you know that one cup of beans has 40 grams of protein?
Did you know that one cup of black beans (two servings)
has 115% of your daily value of fiber?
Black beans in particular have antioxidant properties
that can reduce your risk of many types of cancer.
Do you know that beans are packed with large amounts of
thiamine, folate, vitamin B6 and niacin?
And they also contain
calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium,
phosphorus, zinc and manganese?
Beans have been proven to lower cholesterol
and prevent spikes in blood sugar.
Beans have been very successful in reducing risk of colon cancer.
The Hidatsa Shield was planted a week after the others
and haven't emerged yet.
You can read about this bean here.
If you avoid beans due to embarrassing gas problems after eating them,
consider how you are preparing and cooking the beans.
A good, long, slow soak that loosens the skin on the bean
will also release some of the gas causing oligosaccherides.
Be sure to pour off the soak water before cooking
and add fresh. Also anything you can do to break
down the fibers even more, like mashing (e.g. refried beans) will help.
And, as with everything in life
enjoy in moderation.
This is only a partial list of the beans I am growing this year.