5 Bean Mix(up?)

A nitpick is on the fine offering by Mckenzie’s:

Back in the day, five bean mixes were not as common as say, four or three, needless to say, the details on the packet were not to be revealed until the pantry storage chore.

Turned out the magical fifth bean was, in fact a pea. Or is it? As the chick pea comes from the Fabaceae (bean) family, it’s fine to call it a bean as well. There seems to be quite a bit of flexibility in interpretation, not an entirely bad thing for the old chestnut of pea or bean to open up again. :chestnut:

Food is food. What’s your point? Peas, beans, all legumes.


Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans, because they are beans.


Edgell canned Four Bean Mix is (from ingredient list) Legumes (60%)
Butter beans,
chick peas,
red kidney beans (small red variety),
baby lima beans.

Beans, peas and lentils are all Legumes, so this description covers all of these Beans.


The term nutrition experts use is pulse, which means “the edible seed of a leguminous plant”. This is different from an edible seed pod or fresh seed of leguminous plants - green beans, snow peas, fresh peas, etc - which have different nutritional qualities from pulses. You’ll see ‘vegetables and pulses’ mentioned in nutrition advice.


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