Aduki Beans (Phaseolus angularis)
Aduki beans (Phaseolus angularis) are known as azuki, adsuki and asuki. They have been grown and eaten in both China and Japan for millennia, and they are known as ‘King of Beans.’
The English name – aduki – comes from the Japanese, ‘azuki,’ meaning good health.
The beans are dark red with a thin white line down the ridge. They have a nutty flavour, and can be prepared fresh, dried or mashed into a candied paste.