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WA Grown Food Kit For Beans and Pulses

Beans are legumes, or plants that have pods with seeds inside. There are countless varieties to try and all are interchangeable in recipes! Try pinto beans, kidney beans, split peas, black beans, black-eyed peas, or garbanzo beans. Use one or try a combination!

Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas

Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are one of the most widely consumed legumes in the world. In the U.S., most garbanzo beans are grown in California and the Pacific Northwest, and in WA, barbanzo and other legumes are grown in eastern WA.

Garbanzo beans are beige to pale yellow in color and have a firm texture and a buttery and nutty taste - a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts.


Lentils have been cultivated for thousands of years. Their seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs dating from 2400 BC!

In the United Sates, eastern Washington and northern Idaho, so-called the Palouse Region, grows a third of the lentils.

Key facts about beans:

  • Beans have been an important part of the human diet for thousands of years and are one of the earliest food crops cultivated.
  • Beans are very low in sodium and offer many of the same nutrients as meat, but without the fat and cholesterol.
  • The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend beans as a part of a healthy diet, stating that diets including beans may help to decrease your risk of heart disease.
  • Most dry beans grown in this country belong to the species Phaseolus vulgaris, or common bean.

ref: Fruits and Veggies More Matter, CDC Fruit and Vegetable of the Month, Seattle Public Schools Harvest of the Month

School Recipes

  • Vegetable Chili
  • White Bean Ranch Dip
  • Black Bean and Rice Veggie Wrap - HUSSC
  • Bean Burrito

Child Care Recipes

For Child Care Recipes click here.

Nutrition Facts

Most dry beans grown in this country belong to the species Phaseolus vulgaris, or common bean.