Adzuki beans are small legumes with a deep red color and sweet, nutty flavor. The healthful beans are the main ingredient in the sweet red bean paste common to several Asian cuisines.
Adzuki beans are full of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidant-rich phytonutrients called flavonoids. They contain fewer calories per serving than other types of beans and are also less likely to cause gas. Home chefs can try making their own red bean paste or feature adzuki beans in a hummus-style dip, veggie burger, savory stew or spicy chili. Adzuki beans bring color and flavor to salads and combine well with greens such as kale or Swiss chard.