Any member of the flowering plant family Fabaceae produces seeds, and we call these beans. When humans discovered beans, they considered this food, not just for them but for animals as well. It wouldn’t be long before humans learned how to cook beans. They found beans taste good boiled, fried, and even baked. Today, many traditional and modern foods all around the world are made from beans.
- The term “The Three Sisters” refers to squash, corn, and beans which are planted side by side one another because they are codependent and have a harmonious and beneficial relationship with one another.
- An estimated 40,000 different bean varieties are currently stored in the world genebanks; however, very few are mass-produced.
- In 12th-century Germany, broad beans, chickpea, and other pod-borne seeds are called bohne.