Beans and Legumes: What’s the Difference?
Legumes are a broad category of seeds that grow in pods. They include beans, peas, and lentils. So beans are always legumes, but legumes aren’t always beans. For varieties where you eat both the seed and the pod— such as snow peas or green beans— the legume is considered a vegetable. And while we call peanuts “nuts,” they’re different from tree nuts like almonds and pecans. Because they’re seeds that grow in pods, they’re technically legumes— but they don’t have the same nutritional profile.