The Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) and its partners around the world continue their celebrations of the UN-declared International Year of Pulses with the launch today of the World’s Greatest Pulse Dishes, a collection of 60+ pulse-based recipes submitted by countries around the world as their contribution to the year.
Following the successful launch of the International Year of Pulses in January by the United Nations and the global commemoration of #PulseFeast on January 6 that saw over 140 events taking place worldwide, the launch of the World’s Greatest Pulse Dishes marks another important celebration of the International Year of Pulses.
Cooked, fried, boiled, mixed with the most unexpected ingredients, bean, peas, lentils and chickpeas from all over the world are showcased on www.pulses.org. Discover and share these unique dishes with recipes, photos and video animations. “The World’s Greatest Pulse Dishes will inspire people around the world about pulse amazing dishes and encourage them to explore, experiment and enjoy the versatility of pulses, says Brad Lever of Advance Seed/AGT Foods Africa. “In South Africa we are fond of beans,” he adds.
The recipe collection was complemented with gorgeous photography and fun video animations to encourage people to be creative with their cooking and use pulses for better, health, nutrition and the environment.
The website www.pulses.org has a total collection of 300 recipes, including recipes from chefs, that can be shared on social media. The site also provides tips on how to cook with pulses at home, on the benefits of incorporating pulses in everyone’s diet and has vast resources on sustainability benefits of growing and eating pulses. “We want to encourage people to be more curious about when and how they eat pulses, be versatile about their use and eventually be more innovative when developing new dishes containing pulses as core ingredients,” says Huseyin Arslan, President of the Global Pulse Confederation.
The flag recipe of South Africa is a traditional potjie, cooked with a variety of beans, vegetables and beef.
‘Pulses’ are the edible dried seeds of legume crops that include beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. Pulses can help improve human health and wellbeing, including diabetes prevention and control, reductions in heart disease and cholesterol. They are a high fibre, low fat source of protein, containing important vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium and folate. Eating pulses is an essential part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
The following brands are partners of IYP in South Africa:
Pioneer Foods – Imbo & Crossbow
Tiger Brands – Lion
AGT Foods Africa
The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA