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Fri, 16 Oct 2009
I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD FIND SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN DODIES KITCHEN.

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Beans Kick It Old School

These fruits are one of the longest plants to be cultivated by humans. Broad beans have been planted and grown since at least ancient Egypt and common beans were harvested over six thousand years ago in the Americas. Most of the beans we eat fresh come from the Americas and were first discovered by Christopher Columbus.

                     They Really Are Somewhat Magical

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Or at least, magical enough to be involved in folklore. There are multiple folk tales that involve magical beans growing all the way into the clouds –the most famous of these is, of course, Jack and The Beanstalk. There is also a Grimm’s fairytale that describes a bean that laughs at the failure of others so hard that its sides actually split open.

They’re Often Considered Lucky

Multiple cultures associate eating or planting beans on certain days with good luck. Certain areas of Europe consider it to be lucky to plant beans on Good Friday. In Nicaragua, newly weds eat a bowl of beans for good luck. New Year’s Day involves a number of superstitions, in the Southern U.S., Malta, Brazil and Italy eating beans or lentils is considered to bring increased prosperity in the next year.

Attack of the Killer Beans

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Certain beans, especially those that are red in color, contain harmful toxins that can only be removed through cooking. Strangely, eating these beans when they are undercooked may be more toxic than eating the beans raw. Sometimes the undercooked beans will still taste and smell fine though. The toxicity will usually not result in death, but in severe nausea and diarrhea.

Ever Wonder What Makes Them So ‘Musical?’

It’s widely known that beans and cabbage can make you pass wind, or botty burp as my grand daughter says. The reason is that many beans have the same sugar molecules found in cabbage. Because a certain enzyme that humans don’t have in their body is needed to digest these molecules, bacteria in the large intestine digest the sugar. This digestion produces increased gases as a byproduct. Soaking the beans in water for a few hours can help reduce this problem, so will the induction of certain other enzymes.

Many of the facts I collect come from the fabulous Wikepedea's, and there are quite a few about. I use the Internet Explorer one, it is about one of the best and Google is also very good. I am not sure about Yahoo, I find that there are so many pop ups and adverts. You close down the site and there underneath is dozens of faces laughing at you.

Another of my favourite web sites for information is Neatorama.com Brilliant for all these that have a connection with food. This video is from them, I will let you decide what is happening.
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