The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and soybean fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Soybean Fun Facts.

Soybean Fun Facts: The soybean, also called the soya bean is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses.

  • Henry Ford thought soybeans were the future; He had his engineers develop a plastic that used soybeans for the frames of his cars in 1935.
  • One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
  • April is National Soyfoods Month.
  • Tofu is to the soybean as cheese is to milk. Cheese is made when milk separates into curds and whey. Soybeans produce soymilk, which can also be separated into curds and whey. Tofu is the curd of soymilk.
  • During the Civil War, soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.
  • U.S. farmers first grew soybeans as cattle feed.
  • 45 percent of the world’s soybean acreage and 55 percent of production is in the United States.
  • Soybeans also find their way into candles, cleaning products and hair-care products.
  • The soybean is the highest natural source of dietary fiber.
  • Farmers across the U.S. grow soybeans that have been harvested into yields of about 2 billion bushels a year.
  • More soybeans are grown in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
  • The Chinese considered the soybean one of their essential Five Sacred Grains, along with rice, wheat, barley, and millet.

Soybean Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any soybean fun facts in the comment section below. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Soybeans.

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