Adzuki Beans are also called aduki or azuki beans, and are tiny reddish-brown beans with a thin white ridge running down their side. Adzuki beans are often sweetened and incorporated into many Japanese, Chinese desserts. They are a popular food for festive occasions in Asian cuisine.
Adzuki beans are somewhat sweet, have a delicate texture, and are low in fat, and have a low glycemic index and aid in keeping blood sugar balanced. These beans are also excellent sources of fiber, folate iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus as we’ve seen in previous beans we’ve looked at.
You can find packaged, dried adzuki beans at most Whole Food stores or other specialty stores. If you prefer not to cook your own, you can use the canned adzuki beans by Eden. You can substitute adzuki beans for other beans in your favorite recipes, stews, and even in chili.
The choices are endless for using this versatile, funny-named bean. Just add a handful of cooked adzuki beans into vegetable soup or a bean salad with diced veggies and your favorite dressing, and you’ve got a hearty meal. Many enjoy canned adzuki beans heated and spooned over hot cornbread for a quick meal. You can also mash them and make a bean dip and serve with healthy chips or with hot steamed brown rice.
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