Chinese researchers on Monday [12 October 2015] announced that they have completed sequencing the genome of adzuki bean, an important source of starch, digestible protein, mineral elements and vitamins for at least a billion people worldwide. “Adzuki bean is a legume crop known for its high starch (57.06 percent) and low fat (0.59 percent) content relative to soybean and other legumes,” senior author Wan Ping, professor at the Beijing University of Agriculture, told Xinhua…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Oct 2015

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  • The Adzuki bean (Vigna angularis) is currently grown in more than 30 countries worldwide, with East Asia accounting for the bulk of production. The bean is renowned for its health benefits and is used in the production of ice cream, adzuki milk, adzuki rice, pastries, desserts, and cake.

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  • Adzuki bean is popularly consumed in East Asia as a sweetened red bean paste. Production of the bean is centered in China and Japan.

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