Weather canned or dried, baked or boiled, beans deliver meatless but meaty satisfaction along with an amazing nutrition level and a surprisingly long shelf life. Dark or Light Kidney, black, great northern, pinto, navy or Alubia, Edible beans are a great source of protein and nutrients diversity.
They also belong to the ancient botanical family of legumes and despite the many differences in shape, size, texture, flavor and color, dry beans are very similar when it comes to cooking, something that gives them an edge over their most fearsome competitor, Rice! References of cultivation for this crop are very old, with many mentions that have been found in the Bible, Roman Manuscripts and even Egyptian hieroglyphs.
FUN FACT: In Greek mythology, Kyamites was known as the God of the beans and patron of the bean market.