Adzuki Beans are native to East Asia and is commonly eaten in Japan, China and other Asian nations.
These beans, also known as 'Adzuki Beans', are a tiny, reddish-brown bean with a cream coloured seam and sweet, nutty flavour.
Benefits may include:
- One of the most high-antioxidant foods around
- May help benefit weight loss
- Can aid digestion and helping the body detoxify
- May assist with growth and repair of body cells
- Can boost bone health
- May help to prevent and manage blood sugar levels
- Can help maintain a health heart and lower the chances of developing atherosclerosis and prevent osteoporosis
- May assist in preventing birth defects
- Great source of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals
Red Adzuki Beans are particularly popular in Asian cooking, most often used for sweet dishes including soups, desserts and as a dim sum filling. In Japan and China, Adzuki Beans are often cooked and puréed to make a chocolate'y paste which is used to fill cakes and desserts. Their small size lets them cook quicker than other beans.
They are also a great source of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
A common savoury dish in Chinese cuisine is kale and Red Beans. It is easy to make and is great as a side dish, or as a main dish served over short grain brown and wild rice.
If you prefer a sweet dish, then why not try fudgy red bean brownies? They're a healthy alternative and don't contain any sugar! You could also add jujube dates for extra flavour.
Lastly, you could also try red beans with tangerine peel. Adding lotus seeds or coconut milk will add different flavours and textures (recipes coming soon)!
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