These don’t look anything special, I’ll admit this. But they are bursting with flavour. My pick-up-truck-driving, fast-food-eating, cigarette-smoking ex-boyfriend (yeah yeah yeah – opposites attract) even claimed this as his favourite. They are Adzuki bean patties. I love adzuki beans and would be happy for you to list some of your favourite Adzuki Bean recipes (or link to them) in the comments section below.
Adzuki beans have many health benefits in traditional Chinese medicine which makes sense as this little reddish bean originated in China. Adzukis are one of the highest protein and lowest fat varieties of bean.
Since I have already gone there – I’ll go again. Adzuki beans promote regular bowel movements, are a good source of energy, and help lower cholesterol. According to traditional Chinese medicine, adzuki beans benefit bladder, kidney and reproductive functions, and are therefore used to treat urinary dysfunction and bladder infections. Ancient Chinese wisdom says that the kidneys govern the emotion of fear, the adzuki bean is considered a source of courage that helps people meet challenges bravely.
Some experts credit the presence of phytoestrogens in adzuki beans with helping to prevent breast cancer. These weak estrogens block receptor sites that would otherwise be filled by stronger estrogens.
Since the bean will help make you brave and courageous – try it. These adzuki bean patties are a delicious way to enjoy them!