2016 is United Nations International Year of the Pulses. The organization hopes to raise awareness of the value and benefits of pulses both as a food source and as a crop. Pulses are part of the legume family. As they grow, they fix nitrogen into the soil which reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
Pulses include chickpeas, lentils, dry beans and dry peas.
Want to experiment with pulses? These books available at Toronto Public Library include recipes for various members of the pulse family, among other menu ideas.
Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert by Einar Mazor
The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Peas, Beans, Chickpeas, Fava and Lentils by Dan Jason, Hilary Malone, Alison Malone Eathorne
Learn more at Pulse Canada.