Varieties of beans

Beans are a staple food known for their high protein constituents. They belong to the family of crops referred to as legumes and are also known as cowpea. There are many varieties of beans but the type used in preparing Nigerian beans are the kidney-shaped black-eyed beans and the brown beans. Beans are very proteinous and healthy for the body.

Some people love beans, while some others are unable to stand it due to some system intolerance like; running stomach, heartburn, etc.

Beans can be cooked as beans porridge, it can also be cooked with plantain, yam, sweet potato and it can also be eaten with bread or garri(cassava flakes). When processed, it could be prepared as other meals like; Bean cake (Akara), (ekuru) and Nigerian steamed bean pudding (moin moin).

Here are the varieties of beans available out there.

  1. Oloyin Beans - This is commonly known as the Nigerian Brown Beans. They are the sweet type called ewa oloyin in Yoruba language, if translated, it means the beans with honey or honey beans. There are two types known as the big or small beans.

  1. White beans- It is also known as black-eyed peas. Nigerian White beans are a common type of bean also called haricot or navy beans. Full of fiber, iron, and folate.

  1. Drum beans- It is also known as olotu beans. The beans has a distinct drown color and medium flavor. This makes this bean popular with African cooks as it has versatile appeal and uses.

  1. Red Beans- Red beans are small in size, oval in shape and have the characteristic ruby-colored skin. They have a mild flavor, slightly sweet and soft texture. It’s great for soups, chilis, and dishes like red beans and rice. It can be found at the market in cans.

  1. Black beans-They are hard and have a shell-like appearance. Black beans are also known as turtle beans and they are creamy and taste earthy and nutty.

  1. Soy bean - It is also called soja bean or soya bean. It is high in protein and has a mild flavor that makes them ideal for eating solo or mixing into salads and pasta.

Sources- The market food shop ; Naijaquest ; Jessicagavin