by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist
The legume family of plants is an interesting one. It includes everything from common beans and peas to soybeans to peanuts to kudzu. It even includes larger species such as mimosa, redbud, carob, and locust trees. Some legumes are toxic to humans, but many food crops come from this family.
The peas and beans are widely varied in size, shape, taste, and color. For my