Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Baby's Vegetable Relations

Recall that peas make Smiley upset and gassy? Yesterday he tried garbanzo beans and we had a similar lack of sleep last night.

It turns out that garbanzo beans are actually closely related to peas. Here are scientific names so you can find Smiley's legumes on the chart.
  • Garbanzo beans are faboideae cicer arietinum
  • Peas are faboideae pisum sativum
  • Lentils are faboideae lens culinaris
  • Pinto beans are faboideae phaseolus vulgaris (not on the chart)
Given this information it should not have surprised us that garbanzo beans caused a problem. More intriguing is that lentils did not.

Just in case you were curious (I know you were), we tried turnips and parsnips at the same time because they are so closely related to broccoli and carrots, which he has successfully eaten earlier.
  • Broccoli is brassica oleracea
  • Turnips are brassica rapa rapa
  • Carrots are apiaceae daucus carota
  • Parsnips are apiaceae pastinaca sativa
Locating phylogenetic trees for these is left as an exercise for the reader.

UPDATE: If you are looking for that grain species tree with photographs, it is here.

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