Pulses or legume seeds rank next to cereals as a source of human food. These provide proteins to the vegetarian population. These are all members of family Leguminosae (Fabaceae). Roots of pulses develop root nodules in which are present nitrogen fixing bacteria. Soyabean (42% protein) occupies top position among the protein rich legumes.
Example of Pulses (Legumes)
1. Pigeon pea/ Red gram / Congo Pea( Cajanus cajan)
2. Chick pea/ Bengal gram (Cicer arietinum)
3. Soyabean (Glycine max)
4. Cow pea (Vigna uniguiculata)
5. Pea (Pisum sativum)
6. Moth bean (Phaseolus aconitifolius)
7. Green gram (Phaselous aureus)
8. Black gram (Phaselous mungo)
9. Common bean (Phaselous vulgaris)
10. Lentil (Lens culinaris)
11. Grass pea(Lathyrus sativus)
12. Hyacinth bean(Dolichos lablab)
13. Horse gram (Dolichos uniflorus)
14. Cluster gram(Cyamopsis tetragonoloba)
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