Horticulture scientist Steve Poppe. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Nutritional World of Edible Beans is the topic of the next Come Grow With Us Horticulture Display Garden event from 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday in AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. U of M Extension Master Gardener Sara Thronsedt will present why dried beans are important in your daily diet and how to grow dried peas, beans and lentils in your home garden. Horticulture researcher Steve Poppe told the KMRS Early Morning Show about the many benefits of dried beans, also referred to as “pulses.”

“They can be a very important part of our diet,” said Poppe. “They’re inexpensive to purchase and they’re very special because they have a very distinct health benefit apart from other legume-type plants, unlike legumes like peanuts and soys, for example. Pulses are low in fat, very high in vitamins, great in fiber and very high in protein  —  which is unique. For those who don’t get enough protein by eating meat or fish or dairy products, they’re very important for us.”

Admission is free to the program, donations accepted.

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