Bushy plants with good yields of small black beans.
This is a small black, kidney-shaped bean with a particularly rich and full flavor.
Like other beans and legumes, turtle beans strengthen the kidneys and adrenal glands and therefore promote physical growth and development. As does the protein in meat, bean protein builds body mass; but unlike meat, beans don't add cholesterol, saturated fat, or toxic nitrogen byproducts. A stick-to-the-ribs filling food, beans are more "grounding" than a salad.
A bean's color indicates the organ it most benefits, and thus, the black beans' color indicate how it's double supportive to the kidneys. Beans reduce the levels of serum cholesterol and so offer some protection against heart disease. They are a superior carbohydrate for people with diabetes or blood sugar imbalances, since they are slowly digested and cause only a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. The phytochemical diosgenin, which appears to inhibit cancer cells from multiplying, is found in beans. Furthermore, black beans are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Folate.
Note: Beans are diuretic, but these little black turtle beans are good for stamina. When the kidneys are tired and people are suffering from fatigue as well as fluid retention and/or edema, this soup can be consumed in large quantities on a daily basis for weeks or months. Some people will lose as much as 30 pounds in ten days IF the weight consists mainly of fluids rather than fat. Where there is a mixture of fluids and fat, more spices will promote fat metabolism and the turmeric will help emulsify and remove the fat from the gall bladder and kidneys.
Black Bean Dip: Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth.