Soy beans

Title Info
Common name Beans, Soy
Scientific name Glycine max
Taxonomic group Fabaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Legumes; Oils
Soy beans, <i>Glycine max</i>
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Soy bean. Cultivated in China over 5,000 years ago, soy is a plant with many different uses. The bean contains 30-50% protein, plus many vitamins and minerals. Oil pressed from the seed is used in margarine and cooking oil. This plant is the source of products such as tofu and soy sauce (which is fermented). The whole plant can be used to feed livestock, as well.