Pulses are the edible dried seeds of legume crops that include dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils. This diverse group of staple foods has been cultivated by civilizations across the globe for over 10,000 years. They are high in protein, fibre, various vitamins and amino acids and are hearty crops. Pulses are part of the ‘food basket’ used by the World Food Programme in food assistance strategies.
Australia’s International Year of Pulses (IYP) National Committee wants to encourage everyone to consume more pulses in 2016.
According to Georgie Aley, Australia’s IYP National Committee Chair, Global Creating Awareness Committee Chair and Managing Director of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council, Australians will be encouraged to make a “Pulse Pledge” as part of their New Year’s resolution.
Eat more pulses in 2016 and upload to social media, using the handle #LovePulses.