Adzuki Beans or Aduki Beans are an oriental bean.
Adzuki Beans are small, red coloured and pillow shaped. They can also be black, grey or white.
They have a sweet and nutty flavour.
Adzuki Beans are a key ingredient of Festival Rice:
- Mix adzuki to rice in proportions of 1:8, then cover with water and cook together for 30 minutes. Drain. This gives a pleasing pink coloured rice and the nutty taste of the adzuki beans.
Adzuki Beans are also sweetened with sugar to make red-bean paste.
Beans last for a good length of time, but do toughen with age, so buy in smallish quantities. If you buy in bulk, check for dirt and insects as these are not uncommon and should be anticipated. Store somewhere dark and cool, and free from potential insect contamination. Tins are a godsend to any cook as they are quick to prepare and long lasting.