Peas, Beans, and Other Vegetable Legumes

Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
  • Vincent E. Rubatzky
  • Mas Yamaguchi


The Fabaceae constitute a broad and very large botanical family, consisting of more than 450 genera and over 12 thousand species. Many species are important as food sources for humans and animals. Legumes are dicot annuals and perennials; most cultivated vegetable and grain legumes are annuals. Grain legumes, often identified as pulse crops, rank second to cereal grains as a primary world food source. The term pulse refers to edible seed of pod-bearing plants and the word gram, also refers to some legume seed-bearing plants. In India, the term dal or dahl refers to a food preparation usually made with pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan. In French horticultural writings, legume refers to a garden vegetable or pot herb.


Common Bean Storage Root Lima Bean Tuberous Root BAMBARA Groundnut 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent E. Rubatzky
    • 1
  • Mas Yamaguchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Vegetable CropsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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