Pulses: More than just a meat alternative
Beans, peas and lentils are often overlooked when it comes to food staples. In a world where the devastating environmental impact of mass meat production is becoming increasingly clear, could pulses provide a solution? Pulses, a broad category of edible seeds that includes pantry staples like lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, are one of the world’s most important food crops. This underrated legume has featured heavily in diets around the world for thousands of years. Pulses are the main source of protein for people who don’t eat meat — whether by choice or by circumstance — they’re good for the environment, nutritious and tasty. In recent years, the United Nations has recognized their global significance and declared February 10 as World Pulses Day. Read on to learn more about this humble superfood.