Beans, black turtle, dried

Beans, black turtle, dried

The small, shiny black turtle bean is especially popular in Latin American cuisine. It is often called simply the black bean (frijol negro in Spanish, feijão preto in Portuguese), although this can cause confusion with other black beans.

The black turtle bean has a dense, meaty texture and flavor reminiscent of mushrooms, which makes it popular in vegetarian dishes such as the Mexican-American black bean burrito. It is a very popular bean in various regions of Brazil, and is used in the national dish, feijoada. It is also a principal ingredient of Platillo Moros y Cristianos in Cuba, is a must-have in the typical gallo pinto of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and is served in almost all of Latin America as well as many Hispanic enclaves in the United States. The black turtle bean is also very popular for making into soups which are best eaten with Cuban crackers.

Black turtle bean varieties include:

Dried black turtle beans Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Dried black turtle beans are 11% water, 63.25% carbohydrates, 21.25% protein, 15.5% dietary fiber, 3.6% ash and 0.9% fat. One cup of dried black turtle beans supplies you with 122.705 grams of carbohydrates, which is 94.39 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same they have an energy value of 1417 kJ (339 Calories) in a 100 g (3.5 Oz) amount and are a rich source of Vitamin B9 (folate, DFE), Vitamin B1 (thiamin), and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) (111%, 81.82%, and 22% of the Daily Value, respectively). So if your diet contains dried black turtle beans, it helps your body to lower the possibility of birth defects in the baby (so pregnant women or women who are planning, usually take folic acid), synthesize of red blood cells and even DNA and RNA, increase brain health and it is effective against preeclampsia probabilities in pregnant women, homocysteine levels which lowers the risk of kidney disease and heart strokes. Besides it they contain a considerable amount of Copper, Phosphorus and Manganese attaining 111.11%, 62.86% and 55.56% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.