The UN declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). Not only is our lovable legume delicious and easy to incorporate in several different kinds of recipes, it is one of the best foods (for your body and the earth) that you could eat!
Pulses are grain legume crops such as dried beans, dried peas, chickpeas and of course LENTILS!
Pulses are vital farming crops for many reasons. USA Pulses is highlighting four pillars of the crop:
- Nutrition: pulses, and more specifically lentils, are a great source of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, minerals and B-vitamins. They are low in fat content have zero cholesterol and are gluten free.
- Versatility: pulses can be used in soups, warm or cool salads, as meat substitutes, in granola, main dishes, pureed into baked goods or smoothies, and can even made into flour
- Sustainability: they are highly water efficient and offer nitrogen-fixing properties back into the soil
- Affordability/Food Security: a serving of lentils costs about $0.10, compared to beef at $1.49 or chicken at $0.63
You will find the IYP incorporated into several areas of the festival this year.
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