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Pulses are legumes that produce seed for human consumption. They are harvested when dry, and then cooked, usually requiring long soaks in cooking liquid. They are high in carbohydrates, B vitamins, and protein--often able to serve as meat substitutes in the diet. Oil content of pulses varies widely. Many pulses contain anti-nutritional factors or poisonous substances and need to be thoroughly cooked before eating. Under proper conditions, they can be stored for many years, serving as valuables sources of food security. Most tropical pulses are annuals.


  1. Frijol arroz Vigna umbellata

    Arveja de vaca, frijol arubano, judía de a vara, poroto arroz

    Vigna umbellata es una leguminosa perenne fijadora de nitrógeno, a menudo cultivada en forma anual. Dependiendo de la variedad, V. umbellata se presenta en forma de enredadera, arbusto o semierecto, alcanzando alturas de 30-200 cm. Las hojas son trifoliadas y brillantes, las flores amarillas se...
  2. Chickpea Cicer arietinum

    Chickpea is a very drought-tolerant, nitrogen-fixing, cool season crop that tolerates heat during fruiting and ripening. It is grown as a cool season annual in a broad belt through the Mediterranean region to the subtropical and tropical regions of Asia, Europe, Central, and South America. The...
  3. Frijol caupí Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata

    Caupi (Cowpea), Caraota de ombligo negro, frijol de rienda, frijol de vara, habichuela china, judía de careta

    Vigna unquiculata es una leguminosa de grano originaria de África. Atributos como el porte (erecto, semierecto o rastrero), el color de la semilla (tonos de blanco, rosa, marrón y negro) y el tiempo de maduración de la semilla (60 a 240 días) difieren según la variedad. Las vainas aparecen en...
  4. Common Bean Phaseolus vulgaris

    The common bean is one of the main food crops globally. Bush varieties reach 20-60cm while climbing (or “pole”) varieties reach up to 3m in height. Depending on the variety, common beans are grown for their green pods and/or mature, dry seeds.
  5. MANÍ Arachis hypogaea

    Maní, cacahuate, avellana de Valencia

    Arachis hypogaea es una leguminosa de importancia mundial originaria de Sudamérica. Planta anual, de bajo altura, según la variedad, A. hypogaea puede alcanzar longitudes de 70 cm. Las hojas son pinnaticompuestas opuestas y los folíolos nacen en pares opuestos (4 folíolos por hoja). Las hojas de...
  6. Wild Mung Bean Vigna vexillata

    Wild mung bean is a perennial, vining, nitrogen-fixing plant with edible beans and tubers. This plant is rarely cultivated but rather pods and tubers are collected from wild plants. It has potential for human food, as well as a green manure or cover crop.
  7. GANDUL-Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan

    Gandul Pigeon Pea, Frijol De Palo, Guisante De Angola, Frijol De La India, Frijol Quinchancho

    El gandul ha sido cultivado por mucho tiempo en algunas regiones de Asia (quizás por 3,000 años), pero los botánicos geógrafos colocan su origen en el África tropical; sus semillas probablemente siguieron las rutas de la trata de esclavos desde el África hasta el Nuevo Mundo.
  8. Soybean Glycine max

    Soybean is an annual, nitrogen-fixing, nutritious, bean crop grown mainly as a pulse and for oil used for human consumption and many industrial uses. It is a very day length sensitive crop with varieties developed for many different latitudes. Soybeans are also used a fresh vegetable. Soy sauce,...
  9. Vegetable Soybean Glycine max

    Vegetable Soybean cultivation probably originated in northeastern China, a region where wild soybeans exist. These high protein beans are best known as pulses and oilseeds.
  10. FRIJOL LABLAB Lablab purpureus

    Frijol Lablab, Judía, Habichuela, Poroto De Egipto, Judía de Egipto, zarandaja, Frijol de Egipto

    Lablab purpureus puede crecer en un amplio rango de condiciones climáticas y tipos de suelo, dependiendo de la variedad elegida. Se cultiva ampliamente en todos los trópicos y subtrópicos y ocurre de manera silvestre en el África tropical (incluyendo Madagascar) e India. La palatabilidad del...
  11. Lentil Lens culinaris

    Lenteja

    Lentils are a low-growing, nitrogen-fixing, herbaceous annual, and are among the oldest of cultivated crops. Lentils are well adapted to semi-arid growing conditions in the cool season of warm temperate regions. They also tolerate subtropical climates and high elevation tropical environments.
  12. Horse Gram Macrotyloma uniflorum

    Horse gram is a dense, low-growing, nitrogen-fixing, annual crop grown for forage and human consumption. It is usually sown as an intercrop but can also be used as a green manure or cover crop. It will tolerate drought conditions, poor soil, and some salinity.
  13. Tepary Bean Phaseolus acutifolius

    Tepary beans are a small, annual, nitrogen-fixing plant, native to the arid regions of the southwestern United States. These beans are very drought-tolerant and grow best with low humidity. Tepary Bean is used as a dried pulse.
  14. Lima Bean Phaseolus lunatus

    Phaseolus lunatus is a vining (indeterminate) or bush-type (pseudo-determinate) legume from Central and South America. Vining types are vigorous, perennial, and reach 2-6 m in length. Bush-type cultivars are annuals and reach heights of 0.25-1 m. Leaves are trifoliate, present alternately on the...
  15. (True Red) Cranberry Bean Phaseolus vulgaris

    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...
  16. Nuñas Phaseolus vulgaris

    Nuñas

    From findings discovered in a cave in Peru, experts say that nuñas may have been available 11,000 years ago. This discovery indicates Nuñas were around well before the Incas, and perhaps before the common bean ('frijol', Spanish). Because of their age, Nuñas have been called "a kind of witness of...
  17. FRIJOL ALADO- Winged Bean Psophocarpus tetragonolobus

    Frijol Alado Winged Bean

    El origen histórico del frijol alado es incierto. Muchos autores consideran que su origen pudo haber sido en Nueva Papa Guinea y en las regiones de las islas de Indonesia donde existen muchas variedades del frijol alado. Al frijol alado también se lo conoce como el guisante espárrago, se lo...
  18. Adzuki Bean Vigna angularis

    Frijol Adzuki

    Adzuki bean is a bushy or vining, nitrogen-fixing, annual plant that is moderately drought tolerant. This bean grows best in temperate climates or higher altitudes in the tropics. The young pods, fresh seeds and dry beans are used for human consumption.
  19. Marama Bean Tylosema esculentum

    The Marama Bean is a wild plant prized by people living in and around the Kalahari in southern Africa
  20. Black Gram Bean Vigna mungo

    Black gram is an erect, up to 1 m in height, nitrogen-fixing, drought tolerant, annual plant grown for the dry beans. The bean is used whole, split, husked, fermented, sprouted or ground into flour which when combined with rice flour is especially valued for baking. Black gram is also used as a...
  21. Haba Vicia faba

    Haba, Haba, habichuela, haba común, Fabera

    Vicia faba es una planta herbácea anual de la familia de las leguminosas, que usualmente se considera contiene tres sub-especies: V. faba ssp. major (haba ancha), V. faba ssp. equina (haba caballar), y V. faba ssp. minor (haboncillo). Las plantas son erectas, alcanzando alturas de 1.5-2 m. Las...
  22. Moth Bean Vigna aconitifolia

    Moth bean is a low-growing, nitrogen-fixing, annual plant that forms a mat on the ground. It is drought tolerant, nutritious and can be eaten fresh or as a dried bean. Moth bean can also be used as a cover crop to suppress weeds and improve soil.
  23. Frijol mungo Vigna radiata

    habichuela mungo, judía mungo

    Vigna radiata es una leguminosa anual, erecta o semierecta, que alcanza alturas de hasta 1,25 m. V. radiata produce de 4 a 30 flores amarillas o verdes por racimo que se convierten en vainas pubescentes. Las hojas son alternas y trifoliadas.
  24. Edible Australian Acacias Acacia colei, A. elecantha, A. torulosa, A. tumida

    Most Edible Acacia seed species are from northern semi-arid regions of Australia and range from medium-sized trees to large, multi-stemmed bushes. Several Edible Acacia species have been successfully introduced into African semi-arid regions like Niger and Senegal. Acacia colei is a drought...
  25. Ayocote Phaseolus coccineus

    Ayocote, caraota, frijol de flores, judía de España, poroto papa

    Phaseolus coccineus es una leguminosa perenne, trepadora, de Centroamérica. Debido a sus llamativas flores rojas, a menudo se siembra como ornamental, aunque casi todas las partes de la planta son comestibles, dada la preparación apropiada. P. coccineus, enredadera trepadora alcanza alturas de...