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An edible seed is a that is suitable for or consumption. Of the six major plant parts, seeds are the dominant source of human s and . A wide variety of plant provide edible seeds; most are s, while a few are s. As a global food source, the most important edible seeds by weight are s, followed by s, s, then . Cereals () and legumes () correspond with the and , respectively, while nuts, s, and other seeds form groups based on their culinary roles.


Grains (cereals and millets)

are the edible seed of a , a in the family . Grains come in two varieties, the larger grains produced by drought-sensitive crops are called , and the smaller varieties are . Grains can be consumed in a variety of ways, all of which require ing and cooking, including , rolled, , or into . Many cereals are present or past s, providing a large fraction of the calories in the places in which they are eaten. Today, cereals provide almost half of all calories consumed in the world. Other grasses with edible seeds include: *' – barley Mitchell grass * ' – wattle signalgrass * ' – woollybutt grass * ' species, such as (''Panicum decompositum'') and (''P. effusum'') * ' – kangaroo grass *' – bunch panic


Pseudocereals

A , or pseudocereal grain, is the edible seed of a pseudocereal, one of a polyphyletic group of plants that produce seeds that resemble those of cereals. Pseudocereals are used in many of the same ways as cereals.


Legumes

A legume, or pulse, is the edible seed of a legume, a plant in the family . Legumes can be divided into grams, which do not split, and s, which split. Although some beans can be consumed raw, some need to be heated before consumption. In certain cultures, beans that need heating are initially prepared as a . Beans that need heating include: * ' species (), such as (''Acacia aneura''), (''A. cowleana''), (''A. estrophiolata''), (''A. ligulata''), (''A. murrayana''), (''A. tetragonophylla''), (''A. kempeana''), (''A. coriacea''), (''A. notabilis''), (''A. pyrifolia''), (''A. victoriae''), (''A. sophorae''), (''A. stenophylla''), and (''A. tumida''). * ' – old man saltbush * ' species, such as (''Brachychiton populneus''), (''B. diversifolius''), (''B. gregorii''), and (''B. paradoxus''). * ' – black mangrove * ' – parakeelya * ' – mango bark * ' – beach bean * ' – St. Thomas bean * ' species, such as (''Eucalyptus leptopoda'') and (''E. microtheca'') * ' – nardoo *' species, such as (''Portulaca oleracea'') and (''P. intraterranea'') *' – giant waterlily * ' – purple pentatrope


Nuts

According to the botanical definition, are a particular kind of fruit. Chestnuts, hazelnuts, and acorns are examples of nuts under this definition. In , however, the term is used more broadly to include fruits that are not botanically qualified as nuts, but that have a similar appearance and culinary role. Examples of culinary nuts include almonds and cashews. * * * * * * * s, including: ** ** ** * * and other and seeds, including: ** ** ** ** * *s, including: ** * , including: ** ** * * * * * * * * * * * * s, including: **


Nut-like gymnosperm seeds

Edible seeds that resembles nuts include: * s * * * * * s, including ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *


Other

Other edible seeds that do not neatly fit into the above categories include: * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


See also

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References


Further reading

* * {{cite book , author=Lewington, A. , year=1990 , title=Plants for People , url=https://archive.org/details/plantsforpeople00lewi , url-access=registration , publisher=Cambridge, MA: Oxford University Press seeds, edible