CooksInfo.com celebrates Bean Day on the 6th of January.
If you’re in a rush today, you could mark the day by having some plain but honourable baked beans on toast from your favourite tin. Or, to be more adventurous, you could cook up a French cassoulet, or sample some bean burritos.
The top dry-bean producing state in America is North Dakota.
Using the 2008 consumption figures, Americans per person ate that year:
- 1.2 kg (2.7 pounds) of pinto beans;
- 400g (.9 pounds) of navy beans;
- 300g (.7 pounds) of black beans;
- 270g (.6 pounds) of red kidney beans.
When is Bean Day?
It should be noted that there’s some disagreement about when Bean Day actually is.
January date: Some people disagree whether Bean Day should be the 5th of January, or the 6th. There are two precedents for a Bean Day in January. The Northarvest (sic) Bean Growers Association of Minnesota has been holding a bean festival in January since 1975 around the third week of January. And the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association holds a “Bean Day” annual meeting in January
April date: Garrison, North Dakota, holds its Bean Day on 15 April. They say it’s held on this day (tax deadline day) because after paying taxes people will be eating beans for a while.
October date: Around the beginning of October each year, in Athens, Alabama, the Fire Department holds a Bean Day dinner every year to raise money for charity. They feed about 3,000 people.
November date: In 2003, the Governor of North Dakota (John Hoeven) declared Bean Day to be 3 November. North Dakota’s claim to fame in the field of beans, as it were, is that has for many years held the title of top producer of dry edible beans in the Union, and still is as of 2017. “North Dakota again ranked as the top producer of dry beans. Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota and Idaho rounded out the top five states. U.S. production of dry beans totaled 28.7 million cwt in 2016 (USDA 2017)”1
Schumacher, Sara and Michael Boland. Agricultural Marketing Resource Centre. Dry Edible Bean Profile. Updated August 2017. Accessed January 2019 at https://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/grains-oilseeds/dry-edible-bean-profile ↩