August 2016 Issue

Pulses, the Heartbeat of Sustainable Foods

Turn to pulses—beans, peas, and lentils— for optimal health and eco impact.

Look for pulses to take center stage this year, largely due to the United Nations’ (UN) declaration that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses. What are pulses? They are dry, edible seeds from plants in the legume family, consisting of 12 crops that include dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Though pulses’ popularity is growing, they’ve been around from as early as 800 BC; the term is derived from the Latin word, “puls,” which means “thick soup.”

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