Examples of legume seeds include beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas. Dried legume seeds are known as pulse. Pulse are high in fiber and protein and rich in minerals such as iron, zinc and phosphorous. They are also low in fat.
Legumes are a plant whose fruit is enclosed in a pod, and they are part of the family Fabaceae. Peanuts, soybeans, lupins, carob, tamarind and alfalfa are all types of legumes. Legumes are high in fiber, carbohydrates, protein and micro nutrients such as folate, thiamin, manganese, magnesium, potassium and iron. There are over 13,000 species and 600 genera of legumes.