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.