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Description

Black beans are about the size of a pea, with the slightly less pronounced boat-shape common to kidney beans. They have a smooth black skin and a white center. Black beans are enjoyed by many cultures around the world and are packed with a soft, creamy, mild flavor and nutritional value.

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Description

The Small Red Bean is a small, plump, oval-shaped bean with a brick red color, mild flavor and creamy texture. It is one of the most common beans in kitchens. Small Red Beans are packed with protein, essential minerals and fiber. These small beans have a slightly sweet, somewhat nutty flavor.

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Description

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are multipurpose legumes used in many Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. Round and tan colored, chickpeas have a mild, nutty flavor and are slightly crunchy even after cooking.

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Lentils are grouped with beans and peas as part of the legume family because, like all legumes, they grow in pods. Lentils are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, which makes them a healthy substitute for meat. They're also packed with folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium and fiber. The flavor of these lentils depends on the color lentils. Brown lentils taste earthy, green lentils taste peppery, and red lentils taste sweet.

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Description

Red kidney bean are a variety of the common bean. It is named for its visual resemblance in shape and for the red variety color to a human kidney. Kidney beans have a slight sweetness and a meaty, or dense texture. Kidney beans are classified as medium to large in size and come in both dark red and light red colors.

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Description

Green split peas are made by removing the outer skin from the pea, and then manually or mechanically splitting the pea where its two lobes naturally come together. The husking and splitting of the pea allow for a softer texture and quicker cooking time. Split peas tend to fall apart when thoroughly cooked, lending a thickening quality to stews, soups and curries. They have a sweet taste if peas are green.

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Description

Yellow split peas are made by removing the outer skin from the pea, and then manually or mechanically splitting the pea where its two lobes naturally come together. Split peas tend to fall apart when thoroughly cooked, lending a thickening quality to stews, soups and curries. The only difference in yellow split peas and green would be their taste as yellow split peas have a more earthy taste.

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Description

Great Northern beans are medium-sized and firm. Great northern beans have a grainier texture and their flesh is less creamy but firm and takes on the flavor of whatever they're cooked with. Great Northern beans have a delicate flavor which is described as their mild, nutty taste.

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Seda is a silky, smooth, sweet red bean just like the name says. It is super important in kitchens throughout Central America as it is sweet and considered one of the tastiest beans. These are small dark red beans that have a fresh, sweet flavor and rich, creamy texture.

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Description

Fine-grain corn meals are most often used in baking because the finer the grind of the meal, the lighter the texture of the confection. The tradeoff is a less apparent corn flavor. It is ground from whole blue corn and has a sweet flavor. The cornmeal consists of dried corn kernels that have been ground into a fine or medium texture.

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Coarse-grain corn meals are made up of larger grains than that of the fine-grain which tends to give the coarse-grain a heavier texture of the confection. Coarse Grind Cornmeal gives an intense corn flavor with a slightly more granular texture that compares to a more gritty or grainy feel.

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Description

Linseed is the small, reddish-brown or golden-yellow seed of the common flax plant with lots of branches and lots of seeds. Golden linseeds are powerhouses of nutrition. They have a subtle nutty, slightly earthy flavor and are a cheap superfood that everyone can include in their diet.

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Brown sugar is white sugar combined with molasses, which gives it a soft texture. Light and dark are the two most common styles of brown sugar. In general, the lighter the brown sugar, the more delicate the flavor. Very dark or old-fashioned brown sugar has a more intense molasses flavor.

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Description

The Pinto Bean is a speckled variety of common bean that is known for its creamy texture, mild flavor and ability to absorb flavors. Its Spanish name translates to "speckled bean," referring to its mottled skin, which becomes uniform when cooked.

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Description

Cranberry beans are popular in Italian, Portuguese and Greek cuisine and are often known as “borlotti” beans. These beautiful, light colored beans with cranberry speckles are creamy in texture and have a mild, nutty flavor.

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Description

Pigeon beans develop in small to medium sized pea pods. Pods range in color from a bright green when young, maturing to display brown marking or patterns, to completely dark brown almost purple in color. The inner peas are a bright green when young and mature to be a lighter goldenrod yellow. Fresh Pigeon peas are nutty in taste and offer a crispy texture.

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French beans have a thin, cylindrical shape with fleshy indentations along their outline, outlining the peas inside, which are shelled tightly within the bean flesh. The peas, which are essentially the bean's seeds, are a vibrant lime green in color, semi starchy in texture with a mild taste of the beans sweet and green flavors.

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