|Dried, Uncooked Pinto beans.|
Pinto beans are members of the legume family and belong to a group of beans known as the common bean. They have a mottled appearance with darkish red/brown speckles on a lighter brown flesh. Because of their somewhat unusual and mottled appearance, the term pinto was coined to describe the bean and literally means painted or spotted in Spanish. Nevertheless, after the dried beans have been cooked they lose their mottled appearance and become pinkish in colour.
In South America the pinto bean is referred to as 'poroto fruitilla' which translated means the strawberry bean. There are several varieties of the pinto bean which include: Burke, Maverick, Othello and Sierra. Young pods, however, may also be harvested and are know as green beans.
Pinto beans are highly nutritious and historically have been used to substitute meat when it is in short supply. Many dishes which originated in South America use this bean as a main ingredient. Pintos are also very inexpensive and the most widely used bean in America.
Nutritional value of the Pinto bean.
The chart below provides nutritional values for 8 grams or half a cup of dried beans. As you can see, pinto beans are a great source of dietary fibre and protein. In addition, the beans contain Iron, vitamin C,E,K and vitamin B6. They also contain a range of minerals and are ideal for those who have embarked on a low sodium, low cholesterol and low fat diet, as they do not contain any.
|Serving size: 85|
|Calories 120||Calories from Fat 45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 22 g||7%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 8 g||32%|
|Protein 8 g||16%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
How to Cook Pinto Beans.
then add them to your favourite recipes.