Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based proteins and mineral salts, expecially calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. They also contain vitamin A and B vitamins.
The cannellini beans come from a typically Tuscan cultivation, have a thin and elongated shape and are glossy white.
The red bean, called Dark Red Kidney, has a bright red color and has a floury consistency.
The balck-eyed bean appears light in color, small, covered with a thin skin, with a black spot where it sticks to the pod that reminds one eye.
Unmistakable to the aspect: rosy skin with rust-brown steaks. Like other varieties of beans, borlotti, also known as "dwarf beans", are native to South America and widespread especially in nothern Italy.
Very common in the Middle East, red lentils, also known as "Egyptian lentils", are widely used in Italian cuisine.