Legumes

  • Beans
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      Black Beans

      Black beans, also known as black turtle beans, are a small variety of common beans. They are very popular in Latin American cuisine and can also be found in Cajun, Creole, and Punjabi cuisines. Black ... more

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      Black-eyed Peas

      Despite their name, black-eyed peas are actually a type of bean. This legume is small and cream colored with a black spot or "eye" at its inner curve. They can be purchased fresh or dried. more

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      Edamame

      Edamame is the Japanese name for young green soybeans. Edamame is cooked and the beans removed from the pods, which are not eaten. The beans have a nutty flavor and soft, firm texture, which makes the... more

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      Fava Beans

      Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are legumes. These beans are large, flat, and hearty with a strong flavor. Their bean pods are inedible unless very young and need to be removed. Fava bean skin ... more

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      Green Beans

      Green beans are long and slender with edible pods and seeds. Despite their name, they come in yellow (wax beans) and purple varieties. Select brightly colored beans that snap when broken in half. more

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      Kidney Beans

      Kidney beans are an edible legume that are dark red and kidney-shaped as their name implies. These beans are firm and have with a mild flavor and delicate texture. They are available dried or canned. ... more

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      Lima Beans

      The lima bean, or butter bean, is a tasty, kidney-shaped bean with a mild flavor and soft, creamy texture. It is usually green or cream colored but may be white, purple, red, brown, or black. Lima bea... more

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      Pinto Beans

      The pinto bean is medium-sized, oval, and light pink with reddish-brown speckles, which disappear when cooked. It has a mild flavor and creamy texture. This popular legume is available dried or canned... more

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      White Beans

      White beans refer to numerous varieties including cannellini beans, cranberry beans, Great Northern bean, navy beans, and white kidney beans. It is possible to interchangeable these beans in most reci... more

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        Cannellini Beans

        Cannellini beans, also known as white kidney beans, are small, white or cream colored, and slightly kidney-shaped. They have a slightly nutty flavor and creamy flesh. Cannellini beans tend to hold the... more

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        Cranberry Beans

        The cranberry bean pod is large and beige with streaks of red. Inside, the beans themselves are large, round, and cream-colored with splashes of pink or brown. They have a mild, nut-like flavor and cr... more

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        Great Northern Beans

        Great Northern beans are medium-sized, white beans with a thin skin and delicate flavor. They ressemble lima beans. They are available dried or canned. more

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        Navy Beans

        The navy bean is small, white, dense, and oval. It has a mild flavor and is smaller than most other types of white beans. Navy beans cook relatively quickly. more

  • Lentils
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      Beluga Lentils

      Lentils are categorized as pulses. Beluga lentils are black and tiny. They have a rich, earthy flavor. When cooked, beluga lentils have a firm texture and shiny appearance. They are a great source of ... more

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      Brown Lentils

      Lentils are categorized as pulses. Brown lentils have a mild earthy flavor and have a soft and chewy texture. They hold their shape rather well when cooked. They are a great source of protein, are ine... more

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      Green Lentils

      Lentils are categorized as pulses. Green lentils have a mild flavor and a firm texture when cooked. They are a great source of protein, are inexpensive, and are often used as a meat substitute. more

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      Red Lentils

      Lentils are categorized as pulses. Red lentils have a mild flavor and a mushy texture when cooked. They are a great source of protein, are inexpensive, and are often used as a meat substitute. more

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    Peanuts

    The peanut is not actually a nut but a legume belonging to the same family as peas and beans. The seeds of the peanut plant are encased in a thin, paper-like, tan-colored pod. Peanuts are available un... more

  • Peas
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      Chickpeas

      Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are one of the most versatile legumes. They have a mild nutty flavor and can be used in appetizers, soups, main dishes and are delicious cold in mixed salads or... more

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    Tempeh

    Tempeh is a fermented product traditionally made from soybeans that have been inoculated with Rhizopus oligosporus, a fungus. It has a strong, yeasty flavor and chewy texture. Tempeh holds its shape w... more

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    Tofu

    Made of soybeans, tofu is an inexpensive source of protein. It has a slightly nutty flavor and custard-like texture. Tofu is generally purchased as a rectangular block in one of three textures: soft, ... more