Eden Black Soybeans Glycine max are organically grown on USA family farms committed to a clean environment and the most nutritious, life encouraging food. A black, medium large, round and versatile bean with a high protein content, soybeans are known as 'the meat of the field.' Black soybeans are said to be easier to digest than yellow soybeans, and are tastier with their delicious sweet flavor not found in other soy.
In the 1970's Eden's president traveled to China and purchased a shipment of these delicious, naturally sweet black soybeans. These beans were used as seed and initiated the commercial cultivation of black soybeans in North America.
Eden Organic Black Soybeans Beans are most delicious and nourishing because they're grown in living soil, free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers for decades. Because of the vital, rich soil that produced them, they have a much higher mineral content and stronger skins that hold fast their vibrant colors when cooked.
Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in many cereal grains, lysine and threonine. Whole grains complement beans and together deliver complete protein. Enjoying a variety of beans in combination with whole grain is a good step toward healthy living.
Eden Black Soybeans have all of the nutrition and more of yellow soybeans including the natural isoflavone nutrients genistein, daidzein and glycetein. Soybeans are unique among beans because they provide naturally occurring healthy unsaturated vegetable fat.
Eden Organic Black Soybeans are heart healthy. According to the FDA, "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease," "Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke," "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." One serving of Eden Organic Black Soybeans provides 11 grams of soy protein, an excellent source. Eden Organic Black Soybeans are low in saturated fat, cholesterol free, and very low sodium.
Studies show beans contain 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 beneficial compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Use Eden Black Soybeans as you would any other bean, long boiled or pressure cooked in soups, stews, side dishes with vegetables, casseroles, salads, dips or combined with whole grains. In Japan, black soybeans are often seasoned at the end of cooking with a little shoyu soy sauce and grain sweetener such as barley malt or pure maple syrup. After seasoning the beans a slowly simmered until very little cooking liquid remains. This deliciously sweet dish is always served on New Years Day in Japan, bringing good fortune for the coming new year.
To prepare black soybeans, first wash the beans. Then either soak them for 6 to 8 hours or overnight and discard the soaking water, or dry roast them in a heavy skillet until the skin of the beans becomes very tight and slightly split open (do not over roast, it produces a bitter flavor). Boil for two and a half to three hours.