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