2016 has been declared the “International Year of Pulses”, recalling that the 18,000 varieties belonging to 700 genera are an equivalent alternative protein source to meat and fish. Beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, and soya beans are also helpful in preventing diabetes owing to their low glycemic index.
Lotao’s Vida series of pulses recalls our own European food traditions and many age-old customs. In Italy, for example, lentils appear on many families’ tables on New Year’s Eve, for the “small coins” are believed to bring prosperity.
Pulses or legumes are woody or herbaceous plants with leaflets in a variety of forms. Legume blossoms have just a simple carpel, out of which a pulse with one to twelve seeds emerges.
Most pulses are ideal soil conditioners for subsequent crops: in symbiosis with rhizobia pulses are able to fix nitrogen directly from the atmosphere. Most other plants can absorb nitrogen only as a mineral. Pulses enrich the soil with nitrogen and so significantly improve soil quality.