An image of some spotted or mottled red pinto kidney beans in a white bowl. Taken against a clean white background. Two pea pods are split open to reveal the plump pearl like beans within. These speckled red beans or peas are popularly used in chinese oriental cuisine. They are sometimes called Rainbow Beans, or Pearl Beans. Also related to the kidney beans. The peas are shelled, then boiled in soup with meat or bones. Subtle and sweet flavour, well liked food of children too. Rich in proteins, they are a good meat substitute for vegetarians.