BeansFun 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).

Brain teaser

Are you a bean brainiac? Which of the following are types of green and yellow beans?

  1. Improved Tendergreen
  2. Contender
  3. Cherokee Wax
  4. Honey Gold
  5. All of the above.

Answer: e

Photo Courtesy of Holland Marsh Growers' AssociationFood quest

Bean power!

Ontario beans are easy to grow. Start them indoors, then plant the seedlings outside in your garden or in a larger pot. Grow-tastic!

You'll need:

  • Ontario bean seeds
  • potting soil
  • egg carton or a plastic cup

What to do:

  1. Fill the egg carton sections or plastic cup two-thirds of the way with potting soil.
  2. 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.
  3. Add water until the soil is wet.
  4. Put the carton or cup in a sunny spot.
  5. Water every other day.
  6. When the seeds sprout, plant them in a larger container or in your garden. Watch the seedlings grow, grow, grow!
  7. The beans are ready to be picked when they are 1/8 inch thick and 4 to 6 inches long.