Beans, beans, the magical fruit, you know how the rest of this well verse children's rhyme goes! Except January 6th isn't just a normal day for beans. On this day, we celebrate the humble, yet powerful, bean during National Bean Day. We dedicate this day to the tiny edible seeds that have fueled civilizations, been flung by catapults, and stirred countless debates over the best recipe.
It's national bean day on the 7th January.
Mark your calendars! National Bean Day has been observed since the early 2000s. While the internet-sphere is filled with various theories about its origins, the most popular account traces back to the famous geneticist, Gregor Mendel, who used bean plants for his hereditary experiments. The day intentionally coincides with Mendel’s January 6th birthday as a nod to his groundbreaking work.
On some days, beans just demand the spotlight. The 07th of January, 2018 was that day. The internet buzzed with about 7,733 online mentions of National Bean Day. Social media platforms were swollen like a bean soaked overnight with bean-centric posts, recipes, and memes to honor this day.
National Bean Day isn’t just about cooking pots of beans, although that is certainly a tasty part of it. It’s a chance to celebrate the many ways beans enrich our lives - their nutritional benefits, the biodiversity they represent, the farmers who grow them, and the cuisines they inspire. So whether it's refried, baked, or in a stew, let's raise a spoon to the humble bean!
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