Spanish Pardina Lentils, Lentils have been eaten for over 8000 years. Lentils originated in Southwestern Asia along the Indus River. They are a staple food for many South Asian cultures. Lentils are the seed of a small shrub.
Yellow Split Peas are part of the legume family. Split peas are husked and split in half. The Yellow Split Pea is about 1/4 of an inch wide and pale yellow in color. Split Peas have a mild flavor and soft texture. The Split Pea has more of an earthy flavor than the whole dried pea, similar to the lentil in versatility and nourishment. Split Peas have a very ancient history they were domesticated before 6000 B.C. in the ancient near east. From here they spread across Asia, through China and also through the Mediterranean region. Both Greek and Roman civilizations relied on dried peas as an important ingredient in their diets. Peas began to be split during the time of ancient Egypt.
The Pinto Bean is related to the Kidney Bean. This bean is 1/2 inch long; mottled pink and brown with yellow at the keel. The Pinto offers a full bodied, earthy flavor with a mealy texture. The Pinto Bean is used to make refried beans. The Pinto Bean originated in Central Mexico and is popular in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines.
Chick Peas also known as Garbanzo Beans are the most widely consumed legume in the world. They have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between Chestnuts and Walnuts. They are high in fat content and are a good source of Calcium, Protein and Iron.
Red Kidney Beans are medium size elongated beans. Kidneys are very popular beans largely because of its deep, full flavor and smooth texture. The Kidney is one of the most common beans in most kitchens; it is the basic standby for chili and baked beans.
Pink beans are small, pale, pink-colored with a shape like Kidney beans. Commonly known as Mauve beans or Chili beans they represent a rich, meaty flavor with a creamy texture and thin, firm skin. When cooked, Pink beans turn a reddish brown. Pink beans are a favorite in chili, Southwestern and Caribbean style recipes. Use them as you would use Pinto or Red Kidney beans in chili and refried beans.
Black Turtle Beans are related to the Kidney Bean. Black Turtle Beans are also known as Black Beans. Turtle Beans are small, kidney shaped with a slight rectangular look. These beans are black, shiny and have a slight mushroom flavor. Black Beans hold their shape when cooked and absorb flavors well. Native to South America, Black Turtle Beans are an important ingredient in Brazilian and Cuban dishes.
Petite Crimson are 1/2 cm. wide with a mild, earthly flavor and soft texture. Crimson Lentil are crimson in color which is a deep orange - red. This tiny lens shaped pulse has traditionally been used as a meat substitute (a pulse is the dried seed of any legume, such as beans and peas). Lentils are the seed of a small shrub and are dried after harvesting. Lentils have been eaten for over 8,000 years and originated in Southwestern Asia along the Indus river. They are a staple food for many South Asian cultures. The Latin word for Lentil, Lens, was used in the 17th century to describe eye glasses because of the similarity in shape.
Dark Red Kidney Beans are medium size elongated beans. The Dark Red Kidneys are a dark amber color; the color is constituent and smooth with no markings. Kidneys are very popular beans; large because of its deep, full flavor and smooth texture. The Kidney is one of the most common beans in most kitchens; it is the basic standby for chili and baked beans.
Green Split Peas are part of the legume family. Split Peas are husked and split in halves. The Green Split Pea is about 1/4 of an inch wide and pale green in color. Split Peas have a mild flavor and soft texture. The Split Pea has more of an earthy flavor than the whole dried pea, similar to the lentil in versatility and nourishment.
The Fava Bean is a flat, oval bean that comes in an inedible large pod, the Fava is about 3/4 to 1 inch in length. The Fava has an assertive, almost bitter earthy flavor and granular texture. The Fava can also be referred to as a faba, broad, horse, English, scotch, field rounded, or Windsor bean.
Mung Beans are small 1/4 inch, round, olive green, brown or black in color. The inside of a Mung Bean is mustard colored. When husked and split, the green Mung Bean becomes known in India as the Yellow Mung, Moong Dal. Mung Beans are used in a variety of forms; whole, peeled, split, or ground. Mung Beans have a sweet flavor, soft texture, and are easy to digest. These beans are sprouted to produce Bean Sprouts, which contain vitamin C, not found in the dry bean. Mung Beans have a long history in India where they originated though they were introduced to China many centuries ago. Mung Beans are the most common beans to be sprouted in Asia, Europe and America. Mung Bean Flour is used to make Bean Threads or Cellophane Noodles.