Beans are Eco-Friendly Bean plants enrich the earth

Heirloom beans are eco-friendly because bean plants enrich the ground for the next crop by aerating the soil, obtaining nitrogen from the air, and fixing and releasing nitrogen into the ground, thus helping fertilize the soil. Beans require less water and fertilizer than many grain crops like corn and are an inexpensive and excellent source of dietary plant protein.

Beans & Wellness Feel better and stay healthy

Heirloom beans life-giving properties are as important today as they were for our ancestors. Beans are recognized as a near-perfect food. They contain the highest percentage of protein of any vegetable and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—plant substances that have beneficial effects for human health. The high-fiber content of beans protects against heart disease, helps manage blood glucose levels and control weight.

Zürsun Lentil Legacy

In Idaho, where verdant fields of lentils known as the Palouse (from the French word pelouse, meaning “green lawn”), Zürsun founder Lola Weyman found several farmers growing unknown lentil varieties. During the late 1980s Lola began distributing American-grown lentils, with orders coming from America, Canada, and Europe. Lola also helped develop new heirloom lentil varieties like Montana’s Black Beluga, named for its resemblance to caviar; Petite Crimson, smaller and quicker cooking than the standard Red Chief; and an American version of Lentilles du Puy.

Today, owner Jim Soran continues the Zürsun Lentil Legacy: a commitment to discover, produce and distribute the worlds finest heirloom lentils.