The U.N. has declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulse and with Earth Day on the horizon, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this earth friendly food group!
- Non-fatty legumes that are grown specifically for drying, including pinto, navy, black and heirloom beans; garbanzo beans; lima beans; split peas and lentils.
- A heart healthy food that is easy to grow, earth-friendly and can alleviate global hunger.
- A protein source with a low footprint, in both carbon and water.
- A positive impact on soil quality that lessen the need for chemical inputs on farming land.
- A low fat, high fiber protein with a low glycemic index and high amounts of B vitamins.
- Good sources of iron which make them a natural energy booster.
There are some amazing companies working to bring pulses to our plates and one Greene Grape favorite is Rancho Gordo. Based out of California, Rancho Gordo’s commitment to growing heirloom beans and working with local growers is without comparison.
If you’re on the run and need a quick snack that will actually leave you feeling energized, check out North River Dry Goods – Split Pea Snacks. These crunchy and savory roasted split peas are unique and taste great by the handful, or work as a crunchy topping for salads, savory oatmeal, or whatever your heart desires! If pickles are more likely to tickle your fancy, try out one of our newest products, Brami Beans. These pickled lupini beans are a satisfying treat after a workout, or to get you through a mid-afternoon slump.
We’ve got plenty more in the pulse department, so come on by and join the bandwagon, after all, it’s only the Year of the Pulse once!