7 Unique Things in Michigan's Thumb

7 Unique Things in Michigan’s Thumb – Senate Bean Soup


A Famous Bean Soup from the Thumb is Served Everyday in the United States Senate

Michigan Food - Senate Bean Soup

Kinde, Michigan was once renowned as the “Bean Capital of the World“. Michigan white navy bean soup has been a staple for over one hundred years in the U.S. Senate dining room in the form of Senate bean soup.

U.S. Senate Bean Soup Recipe 

Find the recipe in our post of Unique Michigan Foods You Have to Try. It’s the ideal comfort food on chilly nights or a thoughtful tailgate treat. Simply made with white canned navy beans, onions,  ham hocks, stock and a few basic spices. Yumm. 

U.S. Senate Bean Soup Origins

While beans are still a huge agricultural focus in Michigan’s Thumb region, the mighty sugar beet has nudged the venerable white bean from first place. However the temperate climate of the Michigan thumb peninsula that is surrounded by Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay will mean that bean growing will remain part of the area’s agricultural economics and social culture for the foreseeable future. 

Senate Bean Soup History

The following history of Senate Bean Soup was found on an old menu of the U.S. Senate dining room. The current menu of the U.S. Senate Dining Room can be found below.

U.S. Senate Dining Room Menu

Senate Michigan Navy Bean Soup.

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