| Peas, beans and lentils are known as pulses. They are the seeds of plants belonging to the family Leguminosae, which gets its name from the characteristic pod or legume that protects the seeds while they are forming and ripening. With approximately 13,000 species, the family Leguminosae is the second largest in the plant kingdom and it is very important economically.
Peas, beans and lentils are collectively known as pulses. There are many varieties with a wide range of flavours and textures. Pulses work well in soups and stews and are an important source of protein and iron for vegetarians.