Adzuki Beans

Adzuki Beans

Beans are a wonderful thing to grow in the garden.  Yes and pole beans were one of the ‘three sisters’ that the native american Indians used to always grow together.  Corn, Beans and  winter squash.  While pole beans are great to grow , and I grow them, dry beans are wonderful in the garden too.  Adzuki beans  are one type of dried beans I’ve grown several years and had some pretty nice results.   As well as being dried beans Adzuki beans are  bush beans that don’t grow quite as tall as the pole bean,  but they still grow well next to corn and squash in the garden.and they have many wonderful health benefits.   

Adzuki beans  originated in the Himalayan region  and  have been common in meals in Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries  for ages. They are usually red in color and can be used for quite a variety of dishes.   They frequently are used in sweet dishes.  I make Adzuki brownies.   They have even been used to make ice cream. They are also used  in making fermented red bean pastes like natto and miso. I use adzuki miso in my soups often.  And they can make wonderful main dishes for meals too. Adzuki beans and rice are often cooked together for holiday meals   There is a wonderful Adzuki bean spread I often make. I usually mix it with my rice when I cook it, but it, and similar spreads,  people often have used for filling tacos and burritos or as a dips for crackers.  The possibilities with Adzuki beans is endless.

They are very healthy to have as part of one’s diet for they’re packed with nutrition.  They have tons of antioxidants that help  fight against diseases and prevent aging, and at the same time they have lots of protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and many other nutrients.  Pound for pound, while lentils contain more protein than steak  adzuki beans aren’t far behind at all. This is good news if you’ve adopted a plant—based diet and need more protein sources.  As far as the antioxidants one single adzuki bean contains twenty-nine antioxidants! So they are really excellent there.

Due to their high amount of protein adzuki beans are great at forming muscles and at the same time great for losing weight and getting leaner. A single cup of adzuki beans contains more than 17 grams of protein which our body needs to form and repair our muscles well.  They’re also full of fibre that helps one feel full longer which is great  for losing weight, and they’re low in calories so one can eat quite a few of them without having to worry about gaining weight.     Keeping a healthy body mass   is not so much eating less but eating the right types of foods.

The fiber in the adzuki beans has  other important functions as well. It is great at regulating the activity of insulin receptors in the body to ensure that blood sugar levels remain normal.  Study’s done have shown that including adzuki beans in one’s diet greatly reduces inflammation and improves glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, and the fiber greatly helps one’s digestion and keeps the food moving and helps absorbing nutrients smoothly without  having  any problems like bloating, diarrhea,  or constipation.   More serious problems like colon cancer are also prevented.

Not only are adzuki beans full of fibre but they also contain folate,  potassium and magnesium, all of which are very good for the heart.  The fibre helps  balance the cholesterol levels and the potassium greatly helps increase the blood flow and relax the blood vessels which reduces blood pressure and strain on the heart.  This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes which  right now are the leading causes of death in the USA, making adzuki beans an excellent addition to one’s  meals.

Adzuki beans also contains lots of zinc, copper and magnesium, which are great for boosting bone strength  and preventing bone demineralization, as well as keeping one feeling young.

Growing adzuki beans in the garden takes about 100-120 days  to get the dried beans,  although they can be harvested earlier as snap beans around 80 or 90 days when the seeds under the pod have barely started to form yet.  They need to be planted when the soil has gotten  fairly warm


When planted in the garden at the temperature around 50 or 55 Farenheit it can take about 20 days  or more to germinate, but if planted at a time when the soil temperature is a little warmer, like 60 Farenheit or warmer, it can germinate in 10-14 days. They really like getting full sun  and moist soil.   The plants usually grow to be about 1.5 – 2 feet tall.  When the dried beans are ready the pods tend to break open by themselves. They should be left in a well ventilated area for about a week before using them so they can dry completely


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