The other day we made a trip to the local Asian market to pick up a few things we like. One of those "splurges" was for a quart of green tea ice cream. We didn't notice until we got home that we didn't pick up the usual "plain" version. This one had beans (like kidney beans) in it. The beans didn't seem to add anything to the ice cream in terms of flavor or texture. They weren't bad, just a tasteless, textureless distraction. So what is the purpose of the beans?