Soldiers on Soldier Beans!

Navy beans probably did indeed feed sailors. Black eyed peas are named, horrifically, for their single black spot. Broad beans are large, black beans are black, and, yes. I get it. Beans have descriptive nomenclature, but I assumed soldier beans were carried by solders, or fed to soldiers, or perhaps given to soldiers by patriotic farmers during the American Revolution or something. I wasn’t prepared to really look at a soldier bean.

Because it has a soldier stamped on it. 


A tiny little 18th century soldier. Take a closer look.


The one you remember from your fifth grade history book, a stereotypical British Grenadier, perhaps.


I am delighted by this discovery. There are hundreds of soldiers simmering on the stove right now, for a soup.


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