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Pulses are the dried edible seeds of legumes. Legumes are plants that grow in pods, like beans. Common pulses include dry peas, dry beans, chickpeas and lentils. For a legume to be considered a pulse, it must be dried. This means fresh peas and beans are not pulses, but dry peas and beans are.
Did you know that pulses were first farmed in the Fertile Crescent, which is a region in the Middle East? The Fertile Crescent was home to the earliest human civilizations and the first farmers.
In ancient Rome, farmers planted pulses in poor soils. Even
back then, people knew that pulses helped improve the soil
quality. The word pulse comes from the Latin word “puls,”
which means “thick soup.”
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