The United Nations has declared 2016 the “Year of Pulses.” But what the heck is a pulse — aside from what Channing Tatum’s performance raises in Magic Mike XXL?
Pulses are part of the legume family and include dry beans that, for the most part, aren’t usually eaten fresh (as opposed to green beans, for example). They’re super nutritious and can be dried and stored for long periods of time, which gives them enormous potential for feeding a growing world population.
That’s the big picture. But more simply, pulses are a yummy way to introduce more protein and fiber into our diets. Here are some recipes to help you get to know this year’s most important food.