Pulses are the dried seeds of legumes, and come in a many different shapes and sizes. This guide will show you a visual reference, description and common names for some of the varieties of the four most common pulses: beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas. This guide will allow you to identify allowing you to identify them more easily and incorporate them into your lifestyle. Pulses are rich in protein, fibre and minerals and low in fat, making them a great addition to any diet.


Lentils (Lens Culinaris)

Beluga Lentils

Common Names
  • Black Lentils
  • Indianhead Lentils
  • Lentilles noires Beluga

Beluga Lentils

Common Names
  • Black Lentils
  • Indianhead Lentils
  • Lentilles noires Beluga
Description

Black lentils are very small and are sometimes called beluga lentils for their resemblance to beluga caviar. They are a versatile pulse, and can be used in many different dishes.


3.5 mm
0.138"

Brown Lentils

Common Names
  • Sabut Masoor

Brown Lentils

Common Names
  • Sabut Masoor
Description

Brown lentils are the most common type of lentil, they range in colour from light brown to a very dark brown that is almost black. Brown lentils are smaller than green lentils and have a mild flavour.


5 mm
0.197"

French Green Lentils

Common Names
  • Lentilles Vertes

French Green Lentils

Common Names
  • Lentilles Vertes
Description

French green lentils are a variation on green lentils, and are about 1/3 of the size. They have a peppery flavour, and stay very firm when cooked. They require a long cooking time compared to other lentils.


5 mm
0.197"

Green Lentils

Green Lentils

Description

Green lentils are one of the most popular types of lentils. They hold their shape when cooked, and have a mild, earthy flavour which makes them versatile and suitable additions to many meals.


7.5 mm
0.295"

Red Lentils (Split)

Common Names
  • Masoor Dal

Red Lentils (Split)

Common Names
  • Masoor Dal
Description

Red lentils are the fastest cooking lentil, but they lose their shape easily and become mushy, making them unsuitable for recipes that call for green or brown lentils. Red lentils are commonly used to thicken dishes.


5.5 mm
0.217"

Red Lentils (Whole)

Common Names
  • Lentilles Corail

Red Lentils (Whole)

Common Names
  • Lentilles Corail
Description

Red lentils are the fastest cooking lentil, but they lose their shape easily and become mushy, making them unsuitable for recipes that call for green or brown lentils. Whole red lentils will require a longer cooking time than split red lentils.


5 mm
0.197"

Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris)

Adzuki Beans

Common Names
  • Red Mung Bean
  • Haricot Adzuki

Adzuki Beans

Common Names
  • Red Mung Bean
  • Haricot Adzuki
Description

Adzuki beans are small, dark red beans grown in East Asia and the Himalayas. Adzuki beans are very popular in Japan, where they are used to make both sweet and savoury recipes.


6.5 mm
0.256"

Anasazi Beans

Common Names
  • Aztec Bean
  • Cave Bean
  • New Mexico Appaloosa Bean

Anasazi Beans

Common Names
  • Aztec Bean
  • Cave Bean
  • New Mexico Appaloosa Bean
Description

Anasazi beans were named for the Anasazi people who were indigenous to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Anasazi beans have a speckled red and white appearance, and look similar to appaloosa beans and Jacob's cattle trout beans.


12.5 mm
0.492"

Appaloosa Beans

Appaloosa Beans

Description

Appaloosa beans have dark and white spots and are named after Appaloosa horses. They are longer than other types of beans, and look similar to anasazi beans and Jacob's cattle trout beans. They have a firm texture and hold their shape when cooked.


14 mm
0.551"

Baby Lima Beans

Common Names
  • Sieva Beans
  • Haricot Lima

Baby Lima Beans

Common Names
  • Sieva Beans
  • Haricot Lima
Description

Baby lima beans are small, white and fairly flat beans. Although frequently pronounced differently, they are named after the capital of Peru.


14 mm
0.551"

Black Calypso Beans

Common Names
  • Orca Bean
  • Yin Yang Bean

Black Calypso Beans

Common Names
  • Orca Bean
  • Yin Yang Bean
Description

Calypso beans are a hybrid kidney bean. They double in size after cooking, one cup of uncooked beans will yield two cups of cooked beans. They have a smooth texture and are black and white in appearance.


10 mm
0.394"

Black Turtle Beans

Common Names
  • Caraotas Negras
  • Tampico Beans
  • Haricot Mungo à Grain Noir

Black Turtle Beans

Common Names
  • Caraotas Negras
  • Tampico Beans
  • Haricot Mungo à Grain Noir
Description

Black Turtle Beans are a variety of shiny black beans that are commonly used in Latin American cooking. They are also popular as vegetarian-friendly meat substitute because of their dense, meaty texture.


9 mm
0.354"

Dark Red Kidney Beans

Common Names
  • Rajma
  • Surkh Lobia

Dark Red Kidney Beans

Common Names
  • Rajma
  • Surkh Lobia
Description

Dark red kidney beans were named for their similarities in both shape and colour to a kidney. They have a firm texture and a bold flavour, making them a great addition to soup and chili.


17 mm
0.669"

Great Northern Beans

Common Names
  • Large White Beans

Great Northern Beans

Common Names
  • Large White Beans
Description

Great northern beans are larger than navy beans, and look similar to baby lima beans. They are a bit grainy in texture, and have a nutty, dense flavour.


11 mm
0.433"

Jacob's Cattle Trout Beans

Common Names
  • Large White Bean
  • Jacob's Cattle Bean
  • Trout Beans
  • Coach Dog Bean
  • Dalmation Bean
  • Torellen Bean

Jacob's Cattle Trout Beans

Common Names
  • Large White Bean
  • Jacob's Cattle Bean
  • Trout Beans
  • Coach Dog Bean
  • Dalmation Bean
  • Torellen Bean
Description

Jacob's Cattle Trout Beans are very similar in appearance to both appaloosa and anasazi beans. They have a kidney shape and are white with spots.


16 mm
0.630"

Large Faba Beans

Common Names
  • Fava Beans
  • Field Beans
  • Horse Beans
  • Windsor Beans
  • Broad Beans

Large Faba Beans

Common Names
  • Fava Beans
  • Field Beans
  • Horse Beans
  • Windsor Beans
  • Broad Beans
Description

Faba beans are broad and oval in shape and green in colour. They are popular in Latin America and parts of Asia, but are most popular in northern Africa. They are often dried and salted and eaten as a snack, or as a deep-fried ball, known as a falafel.


27 mm
1.063"

Large Lima Beans

Common Names
  • Butter Beans
  • Haricot Lima

Large Lima Beans

Common Names
  • Butter Beans
  • Haricot Lima
Description

Large lima beans are sometimes called butter beans for their buttery flavour. They are off-white or yellow in colour. They can be seasoned and eaten by themselves, or used in soups or stews.


22 mm
0.866"

Mung Beans

Common Names
  • Green Gram
  • Moong Beans
  • Mudga
  • Haricot Mungo

Mung Beans

Common Names
  • Green Gram
  • Moong Beans
  • Mudga
  • Haricot Mungo
Description

Mungbeans are roughly oval shaped and green in colour. They are commonly used in Indian, Chinese and southeast Asian cuisine. Mung beans are versatile, and mung bean paste can be used to make desserts.


6 mm
0.236"

Pink Beans

Common Names
  • Habichuelas Rosadas
  • Coco Rose

Pink Beans

Common Names
  • Habichuelas Rosadas
  • Coco Rose
Description

Pink beans are small, oval shaped and pink in colour. They have a smooth texture, and can be used as a substitiute for kidney beans or pinto beans.


11 mm
0.433"

Pinto Beans

Common Names
  • Feijão Carioca
  • Poroto Frutilla
  • Frijol Pinto
  • Haricot Pinto

Pinto Beans

Common Names
  • Feijão Carioca
  • Poroto Frutilla
  • Frijol Pinto
  • Haricot Pinto
Description

Pinto beans are a variation on the common bean. They are one of the most popular beans in the United States and northwestern Mexico, and are also common in Brazilian cooking.


11.5 mm
0.453"

Romano Beans

Common Names
  • Borlotti/Borlotto
  • Cargamanto (Columbia)
  • Cranberry
  • Saluggia beans
  • Rosecoco
  • Haricot Romain
  • Haricot Marbré

Romano Beans

Common Names
  • Borlotti/Borlotto
  • Cargamanto (Columbia)
  • Cranberry
  • Saluggia beans
  • Rosecoco
  • Haricot Romain
  • Haricot Marbré
Description

Romano beans are primarily light in colour and splatted with magenta or red, giving them a spotted appearance. Romano beans were first grown in Columbia, and became very popular in Italy.


15 mm
0.591"

Scarlet Runner Beans

Common Names
  • Runner Beans
  • Multiflora Beans
  • Haricot d'Espagne

Scarlet Runner Beans

Common Names
  • Runner Beans
  • Multiflora Beans
  • Haricot d'Espagne
Description

Large lima beans are sometimes called butter beans for their buttery flavour. They are off-white or yellow in colour. They can be seasoned and eaten by themselves, or used in soups or stews.


23 mm
0.906"

Tongue of Fire

Common Names
  • Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco

Tongue of Fire

Common Names
  • Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco
Description

Tongue of fire beans are an Italian heirloom bean. They are very similar to cranberry beans in appearance, and are similar to kidney beans in flavour and texture.


18 mm
0.709"

White Kidney Beans

Common Names
  • Cannellina Beans
  • Lobia
  • Safaid Lobia
  • Haricot Blanc
  • Lingot
  • Mogette
  • Coco
  • Flageolet

White Kidney Beans

Common Names
  • Cannellina Beans
  • Lobia
  • Safaid Lobia
  • Haricot Blanc
  • Lingot
  • Mogette
  • Coco
  • Flageolet
Description

White kidney beans aren't as common as their red counterpart, and have a more subtle flavour. These beans are better suited to dishes with shorter cooking times than dark red kidney beans, or as toppings for salads.


15 mm
0.591"

White Navy Beans

Common Names
  • White Pea Bean
  • Pea Bean
  • Pearl Haricot

White Navy Beans

Common Names
  • White Pea Bean
  • Pea Bean
  • Pearl Haricot
Description

White navy beans have a slightly flat, oval shape and are native to the Americas. They were a staple in the diets of U.S. Navy troops during the 20th century, giving them their name.


9 mm
0.354"

Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

Common Names
  • Goat Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

Common Names
  • Goat Peas
Description

Black-eyed peas are asub-species of cow peas. They are off-white in colour with a black spot on the side, making each individual pea resemble an eye. They are a traditional food in the southern United States.


8.5 mm
0.335"

Green Peas (Split)

Green Peas (Split)

Description

Green split peas are small, round and have a more earthy flavour than milder yellow split peas. Their most popular and common usage is in split pea soup.


7 mm
0.276"

Green Peas (Whole)

Common Names
  • Haree Matar
  • Pois Cassé Vert

Green Peas (Whole)

Common Names
  • Haree Matar
  • Pois Cassé Vert
Description

Whole green peas are small and round. They are most commonly eaten boiled or steamed. They have a sweet flavour and starchy texture, and are very similar to yellow peas.


7.5 mm
0.295"

Marrowfat Peas

Common Names
  • Maro

Marrowfat Peas

Common Names
  • Maro
Description

Marrowfat peas are green peas that were not harvested at the normal stage, but were instead left to dry out naturally in the field. Marrowfat peas are commonly used for making mushy peas and wasabi peas.


7 mm
0.276"

Pigeon Peas

Common Names
  • Toor Dal
  • Kandhi Pappu
  • Togari Bele
  • Tuvaram Paruppu

Pigeon Peas

Common Names
  • Toor Dal
  • Kandhi Pappu
  • Togari Bele
  • Tuvaram Paruppu
Description

Pigeon peas are traditionally consumed dried and split. They were first cultivated in India over 3,000 years ago, and are common in Indian, Asian and caribbean cooking.


8 mm
0.315"

Yellow Peas (Split)

Common Names
  • Pois Cassé Jaune

Yellow Peas (Split)

Common Names
  • Pois Cassé Jaune
Description

Yellow split peas are commonly used to make soups and purées and are popular in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. Yellow split peas have a more neutral flavour than green split peas.


6.5 mm
0.256"

Yellow Peas (Whole)

Common Names
  • Peelee Matar

Yellow Peas (Whole)

Common Names
  • Peelee Matar
Description

Yellow peas are small and round. They have a milder flavour and are less sweet than green peas, but are nearly identical in texture and require a similar cooking time.


7 mm
0.276"

Yellow-Eyed Peas

Common Names
  • Yellow-Eyed Beans

Yellow-Eyed Peas

Common Names
  • Yellow-Eyed Beans
Description

Yellow-eyed peas are a sub-species of cow peas. They are similar looking to black-eyed peas, off-white in colour with a dark yellow spot on the side. Yellow-eyed peas are slightly larger than black-eyed peas.


13 mm
0.512"

Chickpeas (Cicer Arietinum)

Chickpea, Kabuli

Common Names
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Bengal Gram
  • Chana
  • Hummus
  • Pois Chiche
  • Kabuli Chana

Chickpea, Kabuli

Common Names
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Bengal Gram
  • Chana
  • Hummus
  • Pois Chiche
  • Kabuli Chana
Description

Chickpeas are a round, beige pulse that are popular across the globe. Many people consume chickpeas in the form of hummus, a type of dip made from mashed chickpeas and tahini.


9 mm
0.354"