Bean Facts

Did you know?

  • The Pharoahs believed lentils helped convey the soul to the heavens.

  • Pulses belong to the family Leguminosae and include beans, peas and lentils.

  • Pulses and legumes have the unique ability to fix nitrogen and so increase the fertility of the soil as they grow.

  • Since ancient times beans have symbolized the embryo, growth and life.

  • A beanfeast originally referred to an employer’s annual dinner given to employees.

  • Pulses are the richest source of vegetable protein.

  • Low GI (glycaemic index) foods such as beans provide natural slowly released energy.

  • The Borlotti is the most popular bean of northern Italy and with a high iron content it is widely thought of as the best substitute for meat.

  • The latin name for chickpea, Cicer arietinum literally means 'small ram', reflecting its shape, which looks like a ram's head.

  • Chickpeas were cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.