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International Year of the Pulses?

January 7, 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has proclaimed 2016 the International Year of Pulses

Without looking it up, I had no idea what they were talking about. Do you? When I hear the word pulse, I think something to with a heartbeat. But I looked it up, and I now know!

pulses.1 Pulses are annual leguminous crops (sometimes referred to as grain legume) yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry seeds, thereby excluding crops harvested as vegetables, such as green beans and fresh green peas. Also excluded are crops that are mainly grown for oil extraction like soybeans and peanuts, and crops which are used exclusively for sowing such as clover and alfalfa.

Pulse crops include lentils, pinto beans, navy beans, dry peas, and chickpeas and are a critical part of the general food basket. pulses ide. The aim is to heighten awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production. Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals. TH20-PULSES_jpg_2592125f Obviously the terminology Pulse or pulses is known in the world–look at the writing on the bags!

I made 12 bean soup this week or should I say 12 pulses soup, so I have had my share of pulses! Have you?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jeannette Straub permalink
    January 7, 2016 8:19 pm

    Yes, I made green lentils with taco seasoning served in a soft flour tortilla with chopped lettuce, onion, tomato and red and green peppers for our supper tonight. Yummy and low fat healthy protein and veggies! J.M.S.

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