1. The Rice Bean is a legume, native of Southeast Asia where it is still widely cultivated. It is a pulse crop (grown for its dried edible seeds) and is well known in the tropics where there is great variability.
  2. Chickpea’s origin is possibly western Asian, specifically southeast Turkey.
  3. A wild pea that is very similar to this cultivated variety is native to central Africa and is now grown around the world where temperatures are moderate.
  4. Bean Pole is a common bean, like the bush bean but with different growth habits. The two originated in the Andes region with probable introgressions from Central America. Radio carbon dating identifies the species as being 7,000 years old.
  5. Grain Soybean cultivation probably originated in northeastern China, a region where wild soybeans exist. This crop produces more protein and oil per unit of land than most other known crops.
  6. Lentils are among the oldest of cultivated crops. This species has long been cultivated along with cereal grains in the semi-arid regions of the Middle East and in Northern Africa. Lentils are classified as pulses or food legumes. Lentil is well adapted to semi-arid growing conditions within cool...
  7. This legume plant is native to tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. It is now grown in the drier areas of Australia and Asia.
  8. The Tepary Bean is native to the arid regions of the southwestern United States. Today it is grown by the Hopi Indians and other indigenous groups.
  9. Lima Beans were first grown in coastal Peru then Central America at altitudes of up to 2000 m (6500 ft). When boxes of Lima Beans were shipped to the U.S. and Europe from the large port of Lima, they were labeled “Limas – Peru” and the name Lima became common for this legume.
  10. The True RedCranberry Bean is deep red in color like a cranberry but the pod is ivory with red flecks. It is a pole bean that blossoms and sets pods over the course of a growing season. Beans from this species serve as a major protein source for humans. Cranberry Bean was first grown in South...