Black bean, red pepper and squash casserole (Martinique)

Tweet Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and an overseas region of France, so a part of the Eurozone and officially French-speaking, though the local Creole is also used. The French have also influenced the local culture. Martinique was “found” by Columbus, though it had been been inhabited by indigenous […]

Black-eyed bean fritters (Burkina Faso)

Tweet Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, perhaps best known for its funnily named capital of Ouagadougou (which at least in Finland commonly features in quizzes). It is a former colony of France. About 2/3 of the people are Muslims and 1/4 are Christian, though animist beliefs are also widely incorporated in […]

Spicy brown beans (Suriname)

Tweet Suriname is the smallest country in South America, located on its northeastern coast. very close to the equator. It is a former colony of the Netherlands and Dutch remains the official language. The population is only about 560,000, most of whom live in the north of the country. The largest ethnic group is Hindustanis […]

Maharagwe, or curried black-eyed beans in coconut milk (Mali)

Tweet People know very little about Mali, considering that area-wise it is the 24th largest country in the world. Few would be able to place it on the map: it is in West Africa, landlocked. The natural resources include gold and uranium, but Mali is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with […]

Black bean salsa with mango and lime (Aruba)

Tweet Aruba is a part of the Netherlands Antilles (or Dutch Antilles) and hence also a part of the Netherlands. The island is located very close to the Venezuelan and Colombian coast and has about 100,000 inhabitants. Aruba has a drier climate than most of the Caribbean and is outside of the hurricane belt, which […]

Bigilla, or broad bean dip with parsley and garlic (Malta)

Tweet Malta is a small country in the Mediterranean, often thought of as an island, but in reality an archipelago with three main, inhabited islands and numerous smaller, uninhabited oness. It is one of the smallest countries of the world, with about 450,000 inhabitants, most of them of Maltese ethnicity who speak Maltese, though English […]

Fasolia salata, or three-bean salad (Greece)

Tweet Greece is not hugely popular at the moment thanks to its severe money problems. It’s a shame, considering the rich history and culture of this Mediterranean country, being the Western birthplace of many arts, sciences, ideas and traditions, including the Olympic games. Apparently the Greek healthcare system remains one of the best in the […]

Black-eyed bean soup (Trinidad)

Tweet Trinidad is the larger of the two main islands that form the Trinidad and Tobago, located just a few kilometers off the coast of Venezuela. The name, given by Columbus, means “trinity” in Spanish. It used to be a British colony until gaining independence in 1962. Only about 60,000 of its about one million […]

Black-eyed beans with coconut and cilantro (Tanzania)

Tweet Tanzania is a fairly large country in East Africa, which is thought to be the earliest areas inhabited by humans and prehuman hominids, as far as two million years ago. Like many African countries, it gained independence (from the UK) in the early 1960s, as two separate countries, Zanzibar and Tanganyika, which merged soon […]

Sauce pois, or pureed spiced beans (Haiti)

Tweet Most people only know Haiti as the location of the tragic earthquake in early 2010, and that it is a very poor country, the poorest country in the Americas. It is located in the same island of Hispaniola as Dominican republic. It was the first independent country in Latin America and the first black-led […]