Our Organic Adzuki Beans (red mung beans) are high in vegetarian protein so are great in stews and curries instead of meat. If you enjoy sprouting then these are very rewarding little sprouts which grow easily and quickly for salads and garnishes. Originated in China. Characteristic sweet nutty flavour, much favoured in Japan.
In East Asian cuisine, the adzuki bean is commonly sweetened before eating. In particular, it often is boiled with sugar, resulting in red bean paste (anko), a very common ingredient in all of these cuisines. It also is common to add flavoring to the bean paste, such as chestnut.
Red bean paste is used in many Chinese dishes, such as tangyuan, zongzi, mooncakes, baozi, and red bean ice. It also serves as a filling in Japanese sweets such as anpan, dorayaki, imagawayaki, manjū, monaka, anmitsu, taiyaki, and daifuku. A more liquid version, using adzuki beans boiled with sugar and a pinch of salt, produces a sweet dish called hong dou tang. Adzuki beans commonly are eaten sprouted, or boiled in a hot, tea-like drink. Some Asian cultures enjoy red bean paste as a filling or topping for various kinds of waffles, pastries, baked buns, or biscuits.
Traditionally in Japan, rice with adzuki beans (赤飯; sekihan) is cooked for auspicious occasions. Adzuki beans are used in amanattō and ice cream with the whole bean (such as in the ‘Cream & Red Bean’ product produced by IMEI) or as paste.
Preparation: Soak for at least 5 hrs or overnight with a ratio of 3 Cups water to 1 Cup beans. You may add 1 tsp salt to soaking water and/or cooking water, if desired. Drain, discarding soaking water, rinse, then boil with a ratio of 4 C fresh water to 1 C beans for 10–15 min. Turn down heat and simmer until soft, approx 40 min.
Storage: Dried beans can last for years. They are best kept sealed and stored in a dark place, without moisture, at less than 24 degrees C / 75 degrees F. Freshly cooked beans, should be stored in a container with a tight fitting lid and kept in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh this way for up to 1 week. You can also freeze cooked beans in an air tight container to keep for up to 6 months. Some benefits of proper food storage include: eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.