The Essential Guide to Beans

Tuscans are so fond of beans that they are called “mangiafagoli”, or ‘bean-eaters’, by other Italians.

There are hundreds of varieties of bean, as the term is applied to any legume whose seeds or pods are eaten and which is not classed as a lentil or a pea. They are grown worldwide and remain a culinary staple in many countries.

In Australia, …