EDEN Aduki Beans are organically grown on USA family farms committed to a clean environment and the most nutritious, life encouraging food. EDEN Beans are the most delicious and nourishing because they're grown in vital living soil, free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, etc. for decades.
Aduki Beans Phaseolus angularis are a small red bean, rich in color with pleasing texture and flavor. They adapt to a wide variety of ethnic styles, are great for red beans and rice, and perfectly complement quinoa. Aduki beans are one of Japan's most popular beans.
In 1974, Eden's president traveled to Asia and purchased a shipment of these beans at the direction of Noburo Muramoto. Shipped down the St. Lawrence seaway, half of the load was dropped in Toronto and half at Detroit. These beans were used as seed and initiated the commercial cultivation of aduki beans in North America.
The aduki bean (also known as adzuki or azuki) is the easiest bean to digest and is highly regarded in macrobiotics as a balancing and strengthening food. Traditional Eastern medicine holds that aduki beans are beneficial to kidney, adrenal gland and bladder health.
According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors," and "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Aduki Beans are fat free, naturally sodium free, and an excellent source of dietary fiber. They are also a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Studies show beans contain a wealth of antioxidants similar to those in fruits and berries. "Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds," said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA's Bean Research Unit. "We didn't know how potent they were until now. In general darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity." Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Dried Aduki Beans will stay fresh indefinitely if stored properly in a dark, dry, cool area, however we recommend using them within two years of purchase.
To prepare EDEN Aduki Beans rinse thoroughly and soak for 6 to 8 hours. Strain and rinse again, add fresh water to cover the beans by 2 inches. Boil uncovered for about 10 minutes and add you favorite vegetables and seasonings. In addition we recommend adding a two inch strip of EDEN kombu for each cup of dried beans at the beginning of cooking. Cover and simmer for about an 30 minutes, then season with 1/4 teaspoon EDEN Sea Salt. Cook another 10 minutes and serve. If using a pressure cooker add seasonings at the start of cooking and cook for about 1/2 hour (or until tender).