Legume Facts

Types of Legumes

Legumes include all forms of beans and peas from the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae) botanical family. There are thousands of different species of legume plants. The legume family of plants includes …

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Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) or “groundnuts” as they are commonly referred to, belong to the bean and legume family.  Unlike tree nuts that grow above the ground, peanuts grow below the …

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Nutrient Composition of Legumes

The table below lists some of the key nutrients that grains/legumes contain and the proportion contribution to the Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDI) for each.


There are two types of chickpea distinguished by their seed size, shape and colour. Desi chickpeas, the smaller variety are wrinkled in appearance and may be brown, yellow, orange, black …

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Beans are a staple ingredient in dishes around the world from Egypt and Italy to Mexico and Brazil. There are many different types of beans used for different flavours and …

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The field pea is one of the first crops domesticated by humans. Most (>90%) of the peas produced in Australia are the Dun type, which are a round dimpled seed …

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The lentil is one of the oldest food crops known.  In 2008 Australia was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest exporter of lentils behind Canada and USA. Virtually the entire …

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Lupins are a relatively little-known legume, previously produced mostly for animal feed, however lupins are now being increasingly recognised for their amazing nutritional benefits and versatility in food. Two types …

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