When Sperro was in PanAmerica Health Service, we were fed well with Honduras finest. Our tummies were filled with fresh tropical fruits like coconuts and mangoes, as well as some Honduran cuisine like Baleadas. Of all the amazing food prepared for us, one that each Sperro team can attest to is the unbeatable combo on every lunch and dinner plate; rice and beans!
Fun fact about beans:
– In ancient Greece minor officials were elected by putting one white and many black beans in a pot. Whoever picked the white bean got the job.
– A 1907 resolution introduced by Minnesota Senator Knute Nelson states that while the Senate is in session, bean soup must be served daily, regardless of the weather.
– Every hour, 38.5 tons of baked beans are eaten in Britain.
– India, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Nepal, the United States, Bangladesh, and China are the world’s top lentil producers.
Fun facts about rice:
– More than half the labour force in Thailand is involved in rice production.
– Rice has been found in mediaeval Chinese walls where they were added for strength and stability.
– There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica.
– In Burma the average person consumes about 500 pounds of rice a year.
Beans and grains have a symbiotic relationship in which the amino acids of each complement one another to form a complete protein, which is the foundation for the growth and development in humans. Rice and Beans, when eaten together, form a complete high fiber vegetarian protein.
Basically, rice and beans are awesome and for those of us who went on the Home for Honduras 2014 trip, we can’t deny that it has taken a special spot in our hearts.
Oh hey, don’t forget to save the date, June 22, at 7pm. The Sperro team that went on a Home for Honduras 2014 Project will do a presentation of our experience and you might just see more food pics!