Also known as red kidney beans or haricots rouges in French, this legume is commonly found in chilli con carne, but is so much more versatile as are all legumes and pulses.
High in antioxidants, folate (vitamin B9) and fibre, tests have shown that these beans are beneficial as part of a balanced diet as they appear to benefit cardiovascular health.
From a culinary perspective that add great colour and texture to a dish.
Kidney beans are readily available pre-cooked and canned, or dried, which will need soaking overnight before cooking, so a minimal amount of planning is required if you are going to cook with them.
Dried kidney beans, or any plus or legume, are very easy to store in a dried state.