Kidney beans were introduced into Europe in the 15th century by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers returning from their voyages to the New World and were subsequently spread to Africa and Asia mainly by the Portuguese traders. As beans are a very inexpensive form of good protein, they have become popular in many cultures throughout the world.
Convenient and Nutritious
Just as its name suggests, the kidney bean is shaped like a kidney. Since these dark red beans hold their shape really well during cooking and readily absorb surrounding flavors, they are a favorite bean to use in simmered dishes.
Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other legumes. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans when combined with whole grains such as wheat pasta or brown rice, provide protein comparable to meat or dairy foods without the high calories or saturated fat found in those foods.
Kidney beans contribution to your health lies not just in their fiber and protein, but also in the significant amounts of magnesium and iron these beans supply. All of these nutrients hold up well in the canning process.
Both dried and canned quatro folhas® kidney beans are available throughout the year.