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Know your Azuki bean

Know your Azuki bean - Introduction

  • The azuki bean (アズキ, formerly spelled adzuki or aduki) is an annual bean vine widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small (approximately 5 mm) bean. 
  • The cultivars most familiar in north-east Asia have a uniform red colour, but white, black, gray and variously mottled varieties are also known. 
  • Scientists presume Vigna angularis var. nipponensis is the progenitor. 
  • Sometimes called Chinese Red bean.

Know your Azuki bean - Origins

  • Genetic evidence indicates that the azuki bean was first domesticated in the Himalayas. 
  • It was cultivated in China and Korea before 1000 BC. 
  • It was later taken to Japan, where it is now the second most popular legume after the soya bean.

Know your Azuki bean - Cuisine

  • The Azuki bean is one of the few dried bean varieties that does not need soaking, so they don't require as much preparation time. 
  • They are small and have a slightly sweet flavour. 

Know your Azuki bean - Uses

  • These are the beans used to make red bean paste that's used extensively in East Asian cuisine.