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.
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.
Cannellini beans are related to the Kidney Bean. Also known as the Italian White Kidney or Fasolia Bean. Cannellini beans resemble Kidney Beans in size and shape, but are a creamy white color. This bean is medium sized, kidney shaped, with a tough seed coat. The Cannellini has a mild nutty flavor and creamy texture. Cannellini Beans are associated with Italian cuisine. The Cannellini Beans are similar to the great Northern beans, however, they are larger and more kidney-shaped. This bean was originally cultivated in Argentina by Italian immigrants and later taken back to Italy where they are now grown commercially.
Great Northern Beans are related to the Kidney Bean and part of the white bean family. This bean is about 3/8 of an inch than the Navy Bean, white and oval shaped with a mild flavor and mealy texture. Great Northern Beans are a New World Bean, they were grown in the Americas before Europeans arrived.
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.
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.
Baby Butter Lima Beans are a dwarf variety of the Lima Bean. These beans are flat, 1/2 inch long with a faint sea shell pattern radiating out from the inner seam. The thin skin of this bean makes it cook quickly while imparting a creamy texture. The name of this bean comes from both its butter like color, sweet, rich flavor and creamy texture
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.
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. The Fava was once the only bean known to Europeans until the discovery of the new world. The Fava pedigree goes back to ancient Egypt as a staple in the diet of the pyramid builders, cultivation can be traced back to the bronze age in Switzerland and the iron age in Great Britain.
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.
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.
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.
Popular in the Mediterranean region of Europe, Lupini Beans are often found at Italian fairs and as an appetizer at Spanish beer halls. In the past Lupins were rarely used as a grain food due the bitter taste from the high alkaloid content of the bean. In the last 30 years a strain with reduced alkaloid content has been developed, called 'sweet' Lupins. This 'sweet' strain still requires soaking and extended cooking to remove the alkaloids. All this effort is worth it. The Lupins family of the grain legumes are one of the highest in protein content, second only to soy beans.