Thunyaporn (Naggie) Jeradechachai (far right), NCI Crop Quality Specialist, presented a seminar during the Introduction to Japanese Sweet Beans 2012 at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The seminar was sponsored by the U.S. Dry Bean Council. Jeradechachai discussed the diverse applications and benefits of bean paste and flour. The sweet bean paste was made in Japan with U.S. dry beans. She also prepared Danishes, cookies, coffee breads, and scones made with Japanese sweet bean paste for the 40 participants that included bakers, chefs, and food manufacturers from Mexico and Dominican Republic.