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International Workers' Day Celebrated in Croatia – Buy Why Do We Eat Beans?

Written by  May 01, 2024

Today marks the celebration of International Workers' Day across Croatia, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges faced by workers worldwide. Amidst the festivities, one tradition stands out - the consumption of beans, a symbolic gesture deeply rooted in history and culture.

Beans, a staple food in many cuisines, arrived in Europe in the 16th century, heralded for their nutritional benefits. Historically, beans have played a significant role not only in culinary traditions but also in shaping social narratives.

Legend has it that when Catherine de Medici introduced beans to French cuisine upon her marriage to Henry II, she paved the way for its integration into royal menus. The famed cassoulet, a hearty casserole of beans, duck, and sausages, is attributed to her culinary innovations.

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Beyond the aristocratic tables, beans found their place among the masses, earning the moniker "poor people's" food. In the United States during the Great Depression, beans gained prominence as a nutritious and economical alternative to meat, embodying resilience in times of adversity.

In Croatia, the tradition of consuming beans on May Day carries symbolic significance, representing solidarity with the working class. The energy value in 100 grams of beans is 333 calories, of which 60% are carbohydrates. That's why workers and labourers were ready for long and hard work after eating a portion of beans. This food is generally shared among people as a symbol of a true worker's meal.

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