Information Sheets

Traditional Methods for Cooking and Preparing Pulses

Legumes are grown and eaten in nearly every country and culture around the world. Most regions and cultures have developed unique traditional methods for cooking and preparing dishes with pulses. The following provides a select insight into some of these enduring traditional practices, which continue to be employed today and have also been adopted in other parts of the world.

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Bean Customs & Traditions Around the World

We invite you to discover traditions and customs related to pulses in Italy, USA, Korea, and Nigeria. What most customs across these four continents have in common is that beans symbolise good luck and prosperity.

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Legumes and the Climate Crisis

Legumes have enormous potential in this area thanks to unique characteristics including their ability to perform nitrogen fixation and high protein content. They can also help to improve soil fertility and biodiversity, reduce the use of environmentally damaging fertilisers, and provide humans with a more sustainable source of protein as opposed to animal products.

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Cultivating Legumes on Balconies

Increased urbanisation has left less space for growing our vegetables on farms unlike in our rural areas. So space is one of the biggest constraints for farming. But to eat a healthy diet you need to grow your food in your locality!

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Healthy Beans – Nutritional Values & Benefits

Pulses like beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas are a simply delicious, naturally nutritious food. Because of this, most national and international dietary guidelines recommend eating more pulses. The suggested amount varies between at least one portion of 25 g dry/80 g cooked pulses per day - like in Portugal - up to 3 cups (720 mL) in the US per week. 

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Multiplication of Legume Seeds

"For small quantities, shelling can be done by hand. For larger quantities, you can beat the pods with a stick. You can also walk on them." Learn how to properly multiply your bean, faba bean and pea seeds!

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Cooking Pulses from Dry Seeds

Do you think cooking pulses is difficult? Have you ever asked yourself if and how you could prepare more of them?Discover details about soaking and cooking times; the best cooking method depending on the pulse species and the intended use... We are here to help you!

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The Legume Manifesto

The legumes are a very special diverse group of protein-rich plants that can help us eat better for the planet and for our health. They are defined by the butterfly-like flowers we can see in pea and bean plants.

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