Knowing Beans, Enjoy Beans
Japanese Beans, Their Names and Products
When I am overseas, there are times when I realize that I do not understand Japan. Personally, “I don’t know the type of beans” is one of them. Even if I translate and am told that they are kidney beans, I don’t know what kidney beans are used for….
Before knowing the Finnish and English names of beans, let’s first find out what each bean is and what it is used for, as they are commonly used in Japan.
|Japanese||how to read||English||product|
|小豆||azuki||azuki beans||azuki anko|
|大豆||daizu||soybeans||kinako, natto, tofu|
|黒豆||kuromame||black soy beans(*1)||black beans for new year|
|えんどうまめ||endo-mame||green peas||uguisu an|
|グリンピース||green peas||green peas||uguisu an|
|金時豆||kintoki-mame||red kidney beans(*2)||kintoki-an|
|白いんげん豆||shiro-ingen-mame||navy beans||white anko|
|緑豆||ryokuto||mung beans||moyashi sprout|
*1 What we call kuro mame, black beans, is a type of soybean. It is the black soybeans that are used to cook beans for the New Year. The black beans (mustapavut) you see in Finnish supermarkets are black pea beans. Please note that they are not the same thing.
*2 Kintoki-mame is a type of red kidney bean, but kidney beans, which are often sold overseas, are also called red kidney beans in Japanese. The kidney beans have a thicker skin while the kintoki-mame have a thinner skin, and the taste is different.
The reason I wanted to write about beans was because I wanted to eat anko overseas! For more information, please click here.
Beans in Finland, Finnish, English and Japanese Names
Now that we have a clear idea of the types of beans, let’s take a look at some of the beans you can buy in Finland. If you have seen other types of beans in Finland, please let us know.
|VALKOISET PAVUT||navy beans||白えんどう豆||boiled|
|RUSKEAT PAVUT||brown beans||うずら豆||boiled|
|MUSTAT SOIJAPAVUT||black soy beans||黒豆||dried(*e)|
*a Again, what we call black beans in Japan are black soybeans, while the black beans (mustapavut) you see in Finnish supermarkets are black peas. Please note that they are different.
*b Kintoki-mame is a kind of red kidney bean, but its skin thickness and taste are different from kidney beans, which are also called red kidney beans.
*c You can buy them in Finland, but only during the limited summer season.
*d In Finland, the fruit is eaten fresh.
*e You can buy them in Asian markets. Soybeans are sometimes available in large supermarkets if you are lucky.
Let’s Make Anko by Yourself
Making Anko from Dried Beans
Making Anko from Boiled Beans
Because there are more kinds of boiled beans are sold in Finnish market than in Japan, I also made Anko from boiled beans.