2016 International Year Of Pulses

The year 2016 was nominated as the International Year of Pulses.

We joined the activities by listing recipes on this page along with links to information pages for growing various pulses in the home garden.

Last year we grew Chickpeas with success and you can see the plant in the banner of this post and photographed below. We will be growing this again this year along with other crops such as beans and peas.

The Importance of Pulses

“Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket.  Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals. 

In addition, pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.”- Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

The specific objectives of the International Year of Pulses, 2016 are to:

  • Raise awareness about the important role of pulses in sustainable food production and healthy diets and their contribution to food security and nutrition;
  • Promote the value and utilization of pulses throughout the food system, their benefits for soil fertility and climate change and for combating malnutrition;
  • Encourage connections throughout the food chain to further global production of pulses, foster enhanced research, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.
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Chickpea pods on a growing plant

Recipes

IMG_20160330_112054-Minestrone

 

Minestrone with Beans and Kale

 

IMG_20151130_125544-Chickpeas in bowl

 

 

Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce

 

IMG_20151115_141529-bowl of punpkin and chickpea soup

 

 

Roast Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup

 

IMG_20151124_210142-lentil and tom soup bread

 

Lentil, Tomato and Zucchini Soup with Quick Bread

 

IMG_20151119_142250-soup an pasty

 

 

Vegetable Pasties and Soup

 

IMG_20151117_142511-Kale Sausage and beans

 

Kale Italian Sausage and Butter Beans with Rice

 

IMG_20160219_113402-Red Lentil Patties

 

Red Lentil and Potato Patties

 

IMG_20160314_124507-red lentil and silverbeet soup cooked

 

Red Lentil and Silverbeet Soup

 

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Egyptian Koshari and home made Baharat 

 

IMG_20160418_134142-fried rice with dill peas

 

Peas with Dill and Fried Rice

 

IMG_20160512_132018-Vegetable and bean soup2

 

Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

 

IMG_20160526_134820-Braised Kale,capsicum and lentils

 

Braised Kale, Roasted Capsicum and Lentils

 

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“Ribollita Rustic Tuscan Kale Soup

Growing Pulses:

 

Bean seeds 2

Growing Beans

 

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Growing Peas

 

20160524_082623_pigeon peas2  Growing Pigeon peas

 

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