An edible legume (Phaseolus vulgaris) whose beans (red or white) are shaped like a kidney. Native to Central and South America. Both red and white varieties are used fresh and in dried form.
See also: Red Kidney Bean Poisoning; Bean Trivia; Bean History
Dark Red Kidney Beans are large and kidney-shaped with a deep glossy red color. They have a solid flavor and texture. These beans are produced mainly in the northern U.S.A. and owes its popularity in America and Europe to its large size, bright color and solid texture.
Light Red Kidney Beans have a solid texture and flavor. They are characterized by their large, kidney-shape with a pink color. This bean is popular in the Caribbean region as well as in Portugal and Spain for its similarity to the canela bean.
White Kidney Beans, also known as Cannellini Beans, are a popular variety in Italy.
Flageolet Beans are a small pale green kidney shaped bean favored in France.
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