Food

How to Cook With Legumes: 18 Types of Beans and Peas

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 28, 2021 • 4 min read

From pinto beans in burritos to peanuts at the ballpark, legumes are everywhere. They are some of the world’s oldest crops—ancient Egyptians ate lentils, and soybeans were cultivated in China as far back as 11,000 BC. These hearty vegetables are still a staple food around the world.