This guide explains the definition of a legume, legumes and the paleo diet, provides a list of common type of legumes and covers the benefits. A legume is a simple, dry fruit contained within a shed or a pod. The most well-known legumes are peas, beans, peanuts, and alfalfa (we have a full list below).
Fava beans are broad green legumes that grow in long pods and are popular in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Fava beans are almost always removed from the pods before preparing them, although it is possible to braise whole fava bean pods.
Legumes — a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils — are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber.