Idaho grows a variety of different beans including fresh garden beans and many types of dry edible beans.
Garden beans, also known as green, snap or string beans are harvested in Idaho from July through September. Green beans are not only delicious but they are also good for you. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber and more.
Idaho grows 10 varieties of dry beans including Pinto, Kidney, Red, Small White, Cranberry, Navy, Light Red, Great Northern, Black and Pink beans. Most of Idaho’s dry bean production comes from the south central region of Idaho. Idaho dry edible beans are available year around.
- Beans have been central to the development of civilization in a wide variety of ways – from being a critical source of protein to being cattle feed.
- Ancient Egyptians, long before King Tut, grew beans on a large scale.
- One pound of dry beans equals approximately 2 cups of uncooked beans and 5 – 6 cups of cooked beans.
- One can (15 ½ oz.) of beans equals about 1 2/3 cups of cooked beans or 1 can pureed beans.