The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines “pulses” as annual leguminous crops yielding from one to twelve grains or seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod.
FAO recognizes 11 primary pulses. Dry beans, lentils, dry peas, and chickpeas, also known as garbanzo and Bengal gram, are pulses of great economic importance worldwide.
Pulses grow on a plant that is low to the ground, like a soy plant. On the plant are pods. The plant starts out green, then turns yellow, and then brown when the plant is dry. When the plant is sufficiently dry, the farmers harvest the pods. Inside the pods are the dry pulses. All pulse plants look similar, it is when you open the pod that you can see the differences.

Pulses and Sustainable Agriculture

●        Pulses produce their own fertilizer by fixing nitrogen
●        Pulses use less non-renewable energy relative to other crops
●        Forty-three gallons of water are required to produce one pound of pulses while 1,857 gallons are required for one pound of beef

Why U.S. Pulses?

●        High-quality, nutritious, and cost-effective legumes
●        The cleanest, most consistent products on the market today
●        Research programs that are looking for new applications
●        The Standard for Quality

U.S. Pulses Are Healthy

●        High protein
●        High dietary fiber
●        High in antioxidants, micronutrients
●        Gluten free
●        Non-GMO
●        Non-allergen
●        Lower glycemic index scores compared to cereals

U.S. Pulses Are Versatile

●        Beverages
●        Fortified Baby Food Dry Mixes
●        Bakery Products
●        Pasta and Noodles
●        Food Coatings
●        Snacks
●        Meat Replacement

Vegan Three Bean Sloppy Joe Sliders
U.S. Black Bean Antojitos
Avocado Hummus
Vegan Orange Chocolate Mousse with Pistachios
U.S. Red Kidney Bean 5-Minute Mug Cake
Tex Mex Bean Bites
Savory U.S. Green Pea Pancake
U.S. Lentil Carrot Spice Muffins