2016: International Year of Pulses

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No, this post is not about your heart rate. A pulse, sometimes called a “grain legume,” is an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod. Here’s what they look like:

Various Pulses

The United Nations suggested at least ten ways of “celebrating” the International Year of Pulses (IYP), including: “Contact your favorite restaurants or office/campus cafeterias to tell them about IYP and ask them to feature new pulse dishes on their menus.” Mary Jane thought of a more fun way to celebrate IYP yesterday, by making the following dish:

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

I, of course, added hot sauce to it! The recipe she used is here. My mentor, the late, great Frank Crosby, used to tell the perfect pulse joke: “Did you hear about the farmer’s daughter? She sits among the beans and peas.” Happy Pulsing!