Check your pulse

Did you know that 2016 was the International Year of the Pulse? No, not the one caused by your heartbeat. We’re talking about pulse crops!

Every year the FAO chooses a theme and  2016 has the International Year of the Pulse; we want to recognize it before the year is up!  Pulses are the edible seeds of legume crops including peas, lentils and chickpeas. Why are pulses so great? Let us count the ways:

Pulses are chock full of nutrients; they’re high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals including iron. These nutrients are key for building and repairing body tissue, promoting healthy blood sugar, and protecting against heart disease.

One of the coolest things about pulses is that they can fix nitrogen. Pulses, and all legumes, pull nitrogen out the atmosphere, enriching the soil. On top of that, pulses have a low carbon foot print and use less water than many other sources of protein.

This affordable source of nutrients is also pretty delicious. While hummus, chilli and soup might be the first things that come to mind, pulses can be used in a lot of different ways. But, as you probably guessed, we like them best with apples, and our Apples & Pulses Pinterest Board is full of great ideas! Some of our favorites include Apple Sage Chickpea Veggie Burgers, Wild Rice Lentil Salad with Apples, and a Roasted Apple Lentil Tart.

Do you like to cook with pulses? Do you have any apple and pulse recipes to share?

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