Dry beans are members of a plant family called legumes, which are nutritionally dense foods.
• Dry beans are:
• Low in fat
• Gluten free
• An excellent source of protein
• Rich in antioxidants
• Low glycemic index (GI), glycemic load (GL)
• A good source of fiber (eight grams per half cup is typical)
• Can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity
• An attractive and flavorful addition to your meals
What are Heirloom Beans?
An heirloom is an old cultivar that was commonly grown in earlier historical periods, before the advent of modern large-scale agriculture. They tend to be particular to a locality or region.
The use of industrial farming methods reduced the number of varieties being grown, for the sake of consistency, adaptability to mechanical harvesting, and long-distance shipping.
Heirlooms are open-pollinated, meaning seeds will produce plants like the parent plant. Seeds from one year can be saved to plant the next.
Heirloom beans take many sizes and shapes, and tend to be intensely colored. Not only does this add to their visual appeal, but some research indicates that the more vibrant color indicates a higher level of antioxidants.
Growing an assortment of heirlooms expresses our committment to biodiversity. By inspiring interest and demand for the rare beans we grow, we hope to help save them from extinction, and add resiliency to our food system.