ACIAR staff gathered around to enjoy a tasty lunch that was all about pulses. Some of the delicious dishes on offer included paneer and kidney bean curry, chickpea bread, Tibetan dal, chickpea and spinach curry, pea and ham soup, lentil brownies and chickpea cookies.
|A plate of pulses. Source: ACIAR|
|Dessert - Chickpea cookies (left) and lentil brownies. Source: ACIAR|
- They are high in protein, fibre, and various vitamins, provide amino acids, and are hearty crops.
- Pulse crops are one of the most sustainable crops a farmer can grow. It takes just 43 gallons of water to produce one pound of pulses, compared with 216 for soybeans and 368 for peanuts. They also contribute to soil quality by fixing nitrogen in the soil.
- Pulses are economically important crops for farmers, in both developing and developed countries. Pulses are traditionally mostly grown in developing countries, which contribute 70% of pulse production globally (except for dry peas).
- In most developing countries, pulses play a fundamental role as a low-fat, high fibre source of protein, an essential component of traditional food baskets.
- Pulses are locally adapted and can be grown by local farmers for their own nutrition as well as for sale, which is important to improve food security.
- Pulses have a positive impact on soil quality because they help fix nitrogen in the soil. This contributes to higher yields in subsequent crop rotations.
|Source: Global Pulse Confederation|
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By Laura Carew, Corporate Engagement and Communication Officer, ACIAR