Brighten up a winter day with smallish, slightly sweet adzuki beans in zingy orange sauce. This thrifty recipe uses the zest and juice of organic oranges. Adzuki beans cook faster than kidney beans.
Adzuki beans originally came from China, Japan, or India more than a thousand years ago, where they are often used in cakes or other confections. My sister-in-law enjoyed a birthday cake made for her in Japan with red beans between the layers. When she asked her hosts about the cake, they said of course it had red beans, it was a birthday cake!