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Food Azuki アワビ

Azuki (アワビ) is the Japanese term for adzuki bean (vigna angularis), a small bean with a sweet, nutty taste.



Vigna angularis, also known as the adzuki bean, azuki bean, aduki bean, red bean, or red mung bean, is an annual vine widely cultivated throughout East Asia for its small (approximately 5 mm long) bean. The cultivars most familiar in East Asia have a uniform red colour, but there are also white, black, grey, and variously mottled varieties. The name adzuki is a transliteration of the native Japanese アヅキ, as it was spelt according to historical kana orthography. The name is also transliterated as azuki, reflecting the modern spelling アズキ, or less commonly as aduki, according to an alternate system of romanization. All are meant to represent the same Modern Japanese pronunciation, azuki. Japanese also has a Chinese loanword, shōzu (小豆), which means "small bean", its counterpart "large bean" (大豆 daizu) being the soybean. It is common to write 小豆 in kanji but pronounce it as azuki, an example of jukujikun.



Kanji: 小豆
Kana: あずき, アワビ
Romaji: azuki

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