While not truly a national holiday since there is no congressional or presidential act proclaiming it such, it is still considered a national holiday by the greeting card industry and by many people. It is thought to commemorate death of a renown geneticist, Gregor Mendel whose used bean and pea plants for his theories, which formed the basis of modern genetics.
This day celebrates beans in all their forms from fresh to dry and in all their colors from red, white to black, speckled or solid. We find beans in everything from salads to sauces to soups and even as simple yet not so simple side dishes and they are found in recipes from around the world. This staple food deserves a day to celebrate a food we all have had as part of our diets since man first foraged for food. Did you know that tofu is made from soy beans? So “Beans, Beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more.. “ well you know how the song goes so let’s celebrate the bean on January sixth with a steaming bowl of chili!