Its purposes are great: from field to trough to plate!

Proteins are an important part of our diets, because they are the building blocks for cells, enzymes, and hormones.

They are found in grains and nuts, especially in the seeds of the pulses, plants in the large legume family (Fabaceae / Leguminosae). Peas, beans, lentils and many other well-known food plants belong to this family. Besides protein, the pulses contain vitamins and minerals. A further benefit: their products are rich in fibre and completely cholesterol free.

With the help of rhizobia, legumes can bind nitrogen from the air and make it available to plants. This property makes them an essential element of crop rotations in organic agriculture. Field beans, lupine, soy and various clovers are important forage crops for livestock.

Have you discovered the peanut plants? Look carefully: sometimes you encounter the beautiful yellow flowers. They look like butterflies. Therefore, the entire subfamily is called Papilionoideae.