The different type of legumes include all beans and peas, like kidney beans, haricot beans, chickpeas, field peas and even peanuts. Legumes are a certain type of plant that often give off edible beans and peas.
Although the term "legume" applies to the species of plant, it is also used interchangeably as the type of food that the plant produces, typically its fruit or seeds. Legumes are popular as a food group due to their high protein content for a plant. Many vegetarian and vegan diets incorporate a large amount of legumes in order to meet minimum daily protein requirements.