Adzuki (also azuki, aduki) beans, a small dried, russet coloured bean with a strong, nutty, sweet flavour. Valued for its relatively low cooking time (approx. 1 hour) as well as low fat, high protein and natural sugar nutritional profile adzukis are much used in the macrobiotic diet. In the Orient they are usually cooked to a soft consistency and served with ingredients like coconut milk.
They are also cooked with rice, their bright colour tinting the rice an attractive pink. They are also used, after fermentation, as a confectionery product as well as in sweet soups and desserts. Bean paste is made into a large range of cakes, buns, confectionery, ice blocks and drinks. Can be sprouted.