The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Good To Know -

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???

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