Fun Food Facts
- Chew on this! In 2009, Ontario produced more than 46 million pounds of green and yellow beans. That’s enough to fill the cargo holds of 720 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?
a) Improved Tendergreen
c) Cherokee Wax
d) Honey Gold
e) 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.