Dried Beans

Beans, Beans and more beans…. oh and some lentils too.

Despite their flatulence inducing enzymes beans are jammed pack with nutrients and are low in fat making them an important part of any healthy diet.

Here is a great resource to help you identify the different types of beans available, what they look like and how they are used. Maybe this will give you an opportunity to try some new recipes of maybe appreciate some old ones a bit more.

Beans (10)-Black Turtle

Black Turtle Beans

These beans are a great source of fibre and are high in B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. It is used primarily in soups, stews and sauce in Latin American dishes. Available dried or canned.

Beans (1)-Blackeyed Peas

Black-eyed Peas/ Cow peas

Rich in potassium, phosphorus and fibre this little beans are great cooked with just a splash of vinegar. They can also be used in soups, salads, casseroles and fritters. Available dried, fresh, frozen or canned.

Beans (2)-Chickpeas

Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

Used in Middle Eastern cuisine in curried, dips, spread and vegetarian dishes chickpeas are a great source of potassium, calcium, iron and protein. Available dried and canned.

Beans (3)-Dark Red Kidney

Kidney Beans

One of the most popular bean used in Mexican cuisine and simmering dishes like soups and stews. Available dried or canned.

Beans (4)-Lentils


These little guys are packed with calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A and can be used as a meat substitute in soups, stews and salads. Available dried in brown, red or green varieties.

 Beans (5)-Lima Beans

Lima Beans

These beans are perfect on their own with a little butter but are perfectly suited for soups, stews and salad as well. High in potassium and phosphorus. Available frozen, fresh, canned and dried.

Beans (6)-Mung

Mung Beans

Used primarily in Chinese cuisine in soups, casseroles, stir-fries, and egg rolls and in Indian cuisine in dals and curries. They are available fresh or dried in either green, black or brown varieties.

Beans (7)-Navy

Navy Beans

Made popular for it’s used in Baked Beans recipes, they are also used in salads, soups and stews. Available dried.

Beans (8)-Split Peas

Split Peas

Named for the fact that they are yellow or green peas that have been split the common use for this bean is for pease pudding and the ever popular pea soup. Available dried in yellow and green varieties.

Beans (9)-Pinto

Pinto Beans

A great source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and protein use these beans in soups, rice dishes or mashed to make the classic re-fried beans. Available canned and dried.

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  1. Hey there, long time reader and lurker here with my first comment! My daughter is getting married to her lovely mexican gentleman soon, and I'm tasked with preparing the wedding party! I thought enchiladas would be a nice snack, so trying to find some good enchilada recipes. What do you think? Any more ideas?? Anyway, thanks for your hard work as ever...

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