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Varieties of Dried Beans

Beans add lots of texture, color, and flavor to recipes.

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If you know your beans, you know how to make your cooking even better.

Besides the traditional red beans and black beans, there is a cornucopia of other beans to incorporate into your cooking.

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  • Adzuki beans are russet-colored and have a soft texture and nutty, slightly sweet flavor.
  • Anasazi beans have white markings on a red-brown background that fades to dark pink after cooking. They have a mild, sweet flavor.
  • Cannellini beans -- also known as white kidney beans -- are large, white, and smooth-textured with a nutty flavor. Cranberry beans are so called because of their deep pink color. Although they lose their color during cooking, they have a rich, nutty flavor and are a good substitute for pinto beans.
  • Fava beans -- also called broad beans -- are a staple in Middle Eastern and Italian cooking. Large, with light brown skin, they have a bold flavor.
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