A Journey Around the World with Pulses

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The book 'Pulses, nutritious seeds for a sustainable future' takes readers on a journey around the world, showing how edible seeds – known as pulses – fit in each region’s history and culture.

Published by FAO as part of the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP 2016), the book features 30 recipes from 10 international top chefs along with a wealth of information about all varieties of dried beans, their health benefits and cultural significance around the world. It follows the chefs as they go to market to buy pulses and then back to their restaurants or homes, where each chef then prepares easy dishes and gives their best-kept secrets.

In addition to the recipes, the book includes instructions on how pulses can be easily grown at home and provides an overview of how pulses benefit nutrition, health, biodiversity and food security as well as information on the major world producers, importers and exporters of dried beans.

2016 International Year of Pulses. Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future.

She Zengtai, China: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses! It will be a great year!”
Abraham García, Spain: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses, is there anything better for you, tastier and cheaper?”
Ron Pickarski, United States of America: “The people's universal, sustainable and perfectly balanced protein for human nutrition”

Pulses are the fearless ally to fight malnutrition. As such they are the superfood of the future to achieve zero hunger.

How can something so small be so good for us?

The FAO has highlighted five benefits of pulses

They are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are rich in proteins and minerals. They are rich in iron as well as fibre. They are low in fats. They are an answer to the two-edged challenge of chronic hunger and poor eating habits: 793 million are chronically undernourished; 500 million people are obese.

Pulses not only boost the immune system, they also have a positive effect on the nervous system. They are ideal for diabetics and celiacs and they help to regulate weight.

Pulses need less water than many other crops. Pulses improve the absorption of carbon in soils. Pulses biologically fix nitrogen. Planting pulses helps to reduce greenhouse gases.

In crop rotation, they improve the harvest yields of other crops, and their residues can be used as forage: zero waste!

Around 90% of pulses are grown by family farmers, the majority of whom rely on subsistence agriculture. Pulses are highly resistant, and inexpensive.

A journey around the world with pulses. Ten chefs in ten countries bought pulses at their local market and created recipes for the International Year of Pulses book.

Didem Senol, Turkey: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses! I cannot imagine cooking without pulses!”
Muñoz Zurita, Mexico: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses! Beans are a traditional food in Mexico”
Veronica Jackson, Tanzania: “When I cook them, I like to add some coconut!”
Helena Rizzo, Brazil: “My advice is to explore the huge diversity of pulses as much as possible”
Zubaida Tariq, Pakistan: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses!”
Sanjeev Kapoor, India: “To make them more tasty, cook your pulses with a bit of turmeric and ghee”
Moha Fedal, Morocco: “Welcome to the International Year of Pulses!”

Don’t forget: pulses are fundamental to end hunger in the world, ensure healthy eating habits, and protect the environment. For these reasons and more, pulses are a superfood of the future to achieve Zero Hunger.

The official book of the International Year of Pulses. Everything to do with pulses, their benefits and how to produce them, with original recipes by cooks around the globe.

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