Fun food facts
- Chew on this! In 2011, Ontario produced more than 68 million pounds of green and yellow beans. That’s enough to fill the cargo holds of over a 1,000 Boeing 747 airplanes.
- Green and yellow beans have been around for over 9,000 years.
- Fresh beans snap easily in two. Crunch into raw beans for a burst of vitamin C (good for your gums and teeth).
Are you a bean brainiac? Which of the following are types of green and yellow beans?
- Improved Tendergreen
- Cherokee Wax
- Honey Gold
- All of the above.
Ontario beans are easy to grow. Start them indoors, then plant the seedlings outside in your garden or in a larger pot. Grow-tastic!
- Ontario bean seeds
- potting soil
- egg carton or a plastic cup
What to do:
- Fill the egg carton sections or plastic cup two-thirds of the way with potting soil.
- Make a small hole in the soil and put a bean seed inside. If you’re using an egg carton, repeat for all the sections.
- Add water until the soil is wet.
- Put the carton or cup in a sunny spot.
- Water every other day.
- When the seeds sprout, plant them in a larger container or in your garden. Watch the seedlings grow, grow, grow!
- The beans are ready to be picked when they are 1/8 inch thick and 4 to 6 inches long.