Red kidney beans

 Red kidney beans Key facts The kidney bean, otherwise called 'the chilli bean' with its dark red skin is named due to its visual resemblance to a kidney. A vital component of chilli con carne, it also appears in the cooking of the southern US States. Packed with protein, fibre and carbohydrates the kidney bean is a nutritional powerhouse!

Not surprisingly, these shiny-polished beans are both red and kidney-shaped. They have a delicious flavour, a must for chilli con carne. They make a good salad and will adapt themselves to any recipe for bean soup.

At one time there was a 'scare' about them causing tummy upsets. It was caused, simply and solely, because they were not being cooked properly. Provided they are boiled for at least 10 minutes before soaking, there won't ever be a problem.

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