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#1 Old 04-30-2016, 11:23 AM
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#2 Old 04-30-2016, 11:48 AM
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Yes! Beautiful and varied and a staple food in so many cuisines.

There are so many varieties I bet I've only tried a handful of what's out there.

Probably my favourite thing to cook with as you can do so many things with them, put them in pies, burgers, loaves, balls, chunky stews, curries, dips, soups. You name it, and they take up any kind of flavouring you throw at them.

I think I've seen bean boxes for sale where you get like a couple of dozen different varieties to try *goes to look*.

As for colour I saw a Dr. Greger video where he talks about the nutritional properties in the bean skin pigments - flavenoids I think. Very good for you of course, as is the fibre.

Never had pink beans, or cranberry beans. Always fancied trying making some kind of mock salmon pate out of pink beans.
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They are colorful- and I find they're rather easy to grow. At my health food co-op's bulk section, I picked up some beans which people had dropped on the floor and were going to be swept up and thrown out, and planted them. I've had the best luck with black beans and blackeyed peas, followed by pinto beans. (Evidently garbanzo beans- one of my favorites- don't do well here.)

The only bean I can think of which I REALLY don't like is fava beans- I got some fully-ripe dry favas and cooked them. I finished them, but won't be getting them again. I haven't tried fresh green favas though.
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They are colorful- and I find they're rather easy to grow. At my health food co-op's bulk section, I picked up some beans which people had dropped on the floor and were going to be swept up and thrown out, and planted them. I've had the best luck with black beans and blackeyed peas, followed by pinto beans. (Evidently garbanzo beans- one of my favorites- don't do well here.)

The only bean I can think of which I REALLY don't like is fava beans- I got some fully-ripe dry favas and cooked them. I finished them, but won't be getting them again. I haven't tried fresh green favas though.
That's awesome! The whole way you describe it - discarded beans becoming brand-new plants. Did your plants make beans?

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Yep! And since beans usually pollinate themselves (evidently), I've kept some beans from the ones that grow well, and now have my own lines of beans that are adapted to my area.
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[QUOTE=David3;3957825]Beans are neat

Yes they are! The photos you posted are so lovely, David3. I eat beans of some sort most every day, there isn't a variety that I don't like. Vegetarian chili is my go to meal during the cold Canadian winters, it is not unusual for me to make a crockpot full a couple of times in one week. Another one of my favorites is Boston baked beans, also done in the crockpot. I love navy bean soup, too, with plenty of onions, salt and pepper.

I am all of a sudden very hungry!
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Those purple beans reminded me of Jelly Belly beans! I loved the expresso, and mocha ones best

I've looked at Whole Foods bins of quite expensive varities without trying anything fancier than, I think, cranberry beans.
I do love adzuki and haven't those in a while.

the only ones I didn't like were in a small jar called lupino. Said right on the jar you could eat them as they were, didn't like.
I've never had fava beans- they looked like them, maybe smaller

I usually cook from dried in a pressure cooker but have bought lots of 34 cent cans of organics snagged at Aldi!
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I'm going to have to look into growing my own beans! That sounds really awesome! I have sprouted and eaten a few of them raw from time to time, so it makes sense that they can be grown.

I eat at least a serving but usually two or more per day of beans. They are a huge staple in my house, both dried and canned. Tomorrow I am making a batch of white bean energy bars for snacks at work for the coming week.
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Those purple beans reminded me of Jelly Belly beans! I loved the expresso, and mocha ones best
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The purple beans are called "scarlet runner beans". This picture is of some of the purplest ones I could find.

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Look at these crazy beans. They call them "yard-long beans". I've seen "long beans" at Asian markets, but I've never seen yard-long beans in person. Can you imagine how many beans are inside each pod?

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I promise this is my last post about Beans (for now)!

2016 is the United Nations' International Year of Pulses ("pulse" is another term for legume): http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/

You too can take the Pulse Pledge! https://pulsepledge.com/

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I love beans! I'm growing Yin Yang beans in my garden now, when I have pods and a harvest I'll post pictures. They're wonderful, and my pressure cooker makes it SO EASY to get dried ones on the table. Beans and rice are THE staples in my house. :P
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I love to grow beans in my garden! I've also grown Scarlet Runners and they're beautiful. I like pole beans better than bush beans just because it's easier to find them. I also like yellow or purple podded beans for this reason.

It's still too soon to plant beans here in Southern Ontario. Soon!


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I recently started making chili and it is so easy. I love black beans with red kidney beans. I only use a little garlic and onions to sautee before putting the beans and organic tomatoes with various spices. So healthy and no preservatives. I have been using canned beans because I am lazy. I find garbanzos are great when you make them from the dried beans. Black beans seem a little more tempermental.
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^^^Interesting... I prefer to use dried beans because they don't have so much salt. I'm not on a sodium-restricted diet, but I find canned beans have really enormous quantities of salt. But I have trouble getting garbanzo beans to soften- I don't want them mushy, but I'd rather they not be too chewy either.

I haven't had trouble cooking black beans, although they would make a mess if I wasn't careful with the heat and they boiled over.
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Whole Foods has several varieties of unsalted canned beans, some organic, for about a dollar a can. Their 365 spicy canned refried beans are salty but so good.
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I haven't had trouble cooking black beans, although they would make a mess if I wasn't careful with the heat and they boiled over.
I cook 'em in a slow cooker. Experience has taught me that I'm not very good at the being-careful-with-the-heat thing.

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