The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council is your go-to source for information on dry peas, lentils and chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Check out the FAQ list and the wealth of information housed on this website. If you still have questions or concerns, don't hestitate to give us a jingle at (208) 882-3023!

What we know about dry peas, lentils and chickpeas:

  • Nutrition and health information
  • Cooking preparations
  • Foodservice/Food Manufacturing
  • Seed varieties
  • Production/acreage statistics
  • Market information
  • Crop insurance
  • Production methods
  • Much, much more!

If we don't know the answer to one of your questions, we likely know the person who does. We are passionate about this industry, and we will do our very best to provide you the information and resources you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pulse?

As defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a pulse is an annual leguminous crop yielding 1-12 seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod that are used for food and animal feed. Crops which are mainly grown for oil extraction, like soybeans and peanuts, are not called pulses. Also, vegetable crops like fresh green peas and fresh green beans are not considered pulses, because they are immature peas that have not been dried naturally in the field.

Is a chickpea the same as a garbanzo bean?

Yes! In addition to being known as a garbanzo bean, the chickpea is also called Indian pea, ceci bean and Bengal gram. Hummus, the popular snack dip, is made with chickpeas.


If your information needs range beyond what we provide here at the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, browse the link lists for further resources. The Internet houses a wide variety of pertinent information, and it is all at your fingertips!

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National Resources/Trade Shows

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International Resources/Trade Shows

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