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Grain legumes are the harvested seed of leguminous crops, typically peas, beans and their close relatives within the Fabaceae. Another term for many of these crops is pulses. In Australia, generally grain legumes are referred to as pulses. The term pulse is derived from the Latin puls meaning that the seed or grain can be made into a thick soup or pottage. The term pulse is most commonly associated with the food legumes whereas grain legumes are mostly associated with the feed industry. The terms are interchangeable, but with few exceptions (notably chickpeas, lentils and mung beans), the majority of the crops are used for animal feed. Both soybeans and peanuts are leguminous plants; however they are traditionally regarded as oilseed crops, and will not be discussed here.
The chemical composition and nutritive value of Australian pulses
Grains Research and development Corporation
Lupins, Vicia, Australia, Grain legumes, Phaseolus vulgaris. ; Pigeon peas, Lablab, Pisum sativum, Nutritive value, Lathyrus sativus, Guar, Chickpeas, Vigna, Lentils, Chemical composition.
Agricultural Science | Agronomy and Crop Sciences
Sipas, S, Mackintosh, J B, and Petterson, D S. (1997), The chemical composition and nutritive value of Australian pulses. Grains Research and development Corporation, Kingston, A.C.T.. Book.
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