Celebrating Pulses!

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Spanish lentils / Amador Toril – ICEX

For those of you who haven’t heard, the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.

Also known as grain legumes, pulses comprise a group of twelve crops including things like garbanzos, beans, peas, lentils and the like.
These crops are no stranger to Spain, whose cuisine is rich in wonderful soups, stews and other dishes made with garbanzos, lentils and a wide selection of native bean varieties, some of which have protected destination of origin status.
The UN has seen fit to celebrate legumes this year, thanks to both their nutritive qualities and health benefits, and their sustainability in terms of farming requirements.

These foods are also excellent choices for the winter months, so, why not celebrate Spanish legumes while we’re at it, with these hearty, delicious and simple Spanish stews.

Lentils with chorizo

Tolosa red beans with vegetables

Chickpeas with spinach

 

 

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