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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.