As I promised yesterday, I will list the most popular and common types of beans and will reveal some interesting nutritious facts about them.
Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Common beans are great source of phosphorus, iron, protein, magnesium, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, folic acid, and vitamin B6.
Lima or Butter Beans (Phaseolus lunatus)
Also known as Haba bean, Burma bean, Guffin bean, Hibbert bean, Java bean, Sieva bean, Rangood bean, Madagascar bean, Civet bean and Sugar bean.
Used both as fresh vegetable and as a dry beans. Dry beans require twelve hours soaking before cooking; both soaking and cooking water should be discarded to eliminate flatulence. Popular dish with lima beans is the Spanish paella.
Read about more types of bean in my next post Part II.