Beans are intricately woven into Mexico’s historical fabric, with evidence suggesting that the native tribes of Mexico were cultivating bean crops, like lima, kidney and runner beans (similar to haricots verts) as far back as 7000 B.C. Over the centuries, the farmers added corn and squash to their crops (also known as the three sisters) becoming an essential part of a balanced and inexpensive diet. The Spanish word frijol is based on an ancient Spanish word frisol, a derivative of the Catalan word fesol, which comes from the Latin name Phaseolus vulgaris. Who knew???