If you’re looking for a different kind of bean to add to your soups, salads, and casseroles, the adzuki bean is a great alternative.

This small, antioxidant-rich bean is grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas, and is packed with vitamins and minerals.

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of adzuki beans contains 128 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 7.3 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of fat, and a whopping 7.5 grams of protein.

They also contain:

  • Folate: 30% of the daily value (DV)
  • Manganese: 29% DV
  • Phosphorus: 17% DV
  • Potassium: 15% DV
  • Copper: 15% DV
  • Magnesium: 13% DV
  • Zinc: 12% DV
  • Iron: 11% DV
  • Thiamin: 8% DV
  • Vitamin B-6: 5%
  • Riboflavin: 4% DV
  • Niacin: 4% DV
  • Pantothenic acid: 4% DV
  • Selenium: 2% DV

Also referred to as azuki or aduki, these beans have been linked to a number of health benefits. These include:

  • improving heart health
  • aiding in weight loss
  • improving digestion
  • helping to lower the risk of diabetes

Eating beans often have also been linked to helping to strengthen your bones and even reduce hip fractures.

To get you started, check out these eight delicious recipes:

Pumpkin and Adzuki Bean Dip via Nirvana Cakery

Mushroom Lentil Adzuki Bean Soup via Soup Addict

Sweet Potato Adzuki Bean Sliders via Vegan Richa

Pumpkin Adzuki Bean Curry via The Steaming Pot

Adzuki Bean Veggie Burger via Gourmandelle

Adzuki Bean, Vegetable, and Miso Soup via Clean Eating Mag

Coconut Matcha Rice Pudding with Date Adzuki Bean Paste via Snixy Kitchen

Fudgy Adzuki Brownies with Coconut Whip via Foodie Awareness