Black beans, also known as turtle beans, are considered one of the healthiest beans in the legume family. They are full of antioxidants and are a great addition to a well balanced diet. Black beans are very common in Central and South American cuisine.
Health Benefits of Black Beans
Good for healthy bones:
The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc in black beans can all help to build and maintain good bone strength.
As like all beans, black beans are high in fibre which can help improve blood sugar levels so they are great for anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes. Fibre is also great for anyone who is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and they can relieve constipation.
Due to the high fibre content, black beans keep you fuller for longer so they are ideal if you are trying to eat less and lose a few pounds.
Cooking Tips for Cooking Black Beans
- Soak the beans in cold water overnight. This is not a must but it does bring down the cooking time.
- Rinse beans thoroughly the next morning and cover with fresh water in a pot. Fill the water to the top of the pot, as the beans will absorb a lot of the water.
- Bring to the boil.
- Once the beans have come to the boil, skim off any foam that appears on the top of the water with a wooden spoon.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for between one and one and a half hours. You will know the beans are cooked when they are soft. Cooking time may vary depending on the freshness of the beans
- Salt the beans once they are cooked.