Pulses pp 77-97 | Cite as

Common Bean

  • T. S. Rathna Priya
  • A. ManickavasaganEmail author


Common bean is a legume that belongs to the family Leguminosae, a native to America even though its exact place of origin is unknown (Salcedo 2008; Gentry 1969). It is one of the oldest crops cultivated (Geil and Anderson 1994). Common bean, because of its easy availability and nutritional properties, has now become one of the most important crops consumed throughout the world. These pulses belong to Phaseolus vulgaris species and vary greatly due to their genetic diversity. In 2001, around 26,500 varieties of Phaseolus vulgaris beans have been included in the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) pulse list (CGIAR-beanfocus).


Production Nutritional composition Antinutritional factors Postharvest processing Soaking Dehulling Germination Fermentation Thermal processing Cooking Microwave heating Micronisation Extrusion Irradiation 


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  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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