Phaseolus vulgaris L.
Also known as Turtle Bean, Black Turtle Bean, Mexican Black Bean, frijoles negros.
In China the black bean is small and round, with a greenish coloured flesh.
Black beans are rich in carbohydrate, dietary fibre and protein. They have a small amount to fat.
- Black beans are a staple throughout latin America and the Caribbean.
- They are also popular in Japanese and Chinese cuisine where they are commonly salted and fermented and used in strongly flavoured sauces.
- They are used in making popular dishes such as black beans and rice, bean burrito, refried beans and the spicy black bean soup.