Michigan Grown Staple Crop Seeds that Fit Your Plant-based Nutritional Goals

Our Celebration of Legume Diversity


The bean family, the fabulous Fabaceae, is a quite large botanical group, divided into many smaller groups known as species that are defined by their similar characteristics.

These varieties celebrate the wonderful diversity of the bean group. These are in a species group other than that of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), lima bean (Phaseolus lunaris), or soy bean (Glycine max.)

Ken Albala in his Beans: A History, says of lentils:

"The lentil is an ancient sentinel among beans, weathered, time-worn and tolerant of the harshest conditions. Without this lowly legume, the course of human history might have been entirely different. The lentil was among the very first plants ever domesticated some 10,000 years ago along with grains such as einkorn wheat, emmer and barley."