CNN photojournalist Anthony Umrani writes about bean pies, “a creation born out of the strict dietary code of the Nation of Islam,” for CNN’s Belief Blog. Delving into NOI dietary laws, Umrani writes:
“In accordance with Islamic law, pork was prohibited, but there was a list of other banned foods that could not be explained by any Islamic jurisprudence. Foods such as spinach, sweet potatoes and lima beans, which many nutritionists would agree are good healthy foods, were not allowed.
Lamb, chicken, beef, fish, most vegetables and fresh fruit were permissible. Beans were off limits but for one notable exception-the small navy bean. The navy bean reigned supreme in the Nation of Islam…”
For more on this delicious slice of African American Muslim tradition, check out Umrani’s piece.