These powerhouses of the legume family are regularly listed as ‘superfoods’ due to their high protein and fibre content. Particularly popular in Latin American cooking, black beans are small and shiny with a subtly sweet, mushroom-like flavour. Their dense, meaty texture makes them perfect for stews and curries, or as a substitute for ground beef in any dish.
They are often combined with grains like brown rice or quinoa, seasoned with onions, garlic and spices and served as a side dish, or topped with vegetables for a full meal. Whether bought canned or dried, the water used to store or cook the beans can be added to dishes for extra earthy flavour.