Small Red Beans have an oval shape and a red skin. When compared to kidney beans, they have a more delicate flavor and a softer texture. Small red beans are especially popular in the Caribbean, where they are typically served with rice. Louisiana Red Beans & Rice is made with small red beans.
Many people confuse kidney beans and red beans, but they are actually two different types of beans! Kidney beans are significantly larger than red beans. Red beans are more pink than kidney beans, which are a darker crimson. Red beans are also known to have a much sweeter flavor.
Red bean is a generic term for several plants, including the azuki bean (Vigna angularis), which is widely used in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine, particularly as red bean paste. Kidney bean, a red variety of Phaseolus vulgaris, is a popular ingredient in Indian and North American dishes such as chili con carne.
Why Choose It:
✵ Iron, phosphorus, and potassium are all abundant.
✵ Red beans contain phytonutrients as well.
✵ They're also a great low-fat source of protein and fiber.
✵ They contain less fat, particularly saturated fat.
✵ A cup of red beans has less than 1 gram of fat and almost no saturated fat.