What Are Pulses

Pulses are the dry, edible seeds of plants in the legume family, including chickpeas, lentils, dry peas and beans.

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Illustrated chart showing that Pulses (Dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils) are a subset of Legumes.

Pulse Recipes

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Pulse Recipes

Swaps and Tips

Pulses can be substituted for meat, flour, dairy and more to add a healthy protein and fiber boost to nearly any recipe!

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How to Make Pulses

There are many convenient forms of pulses (chickpeas, lentils, dry peas and beans) you can store at home for months or even years, from canned to refrigerated, frozen and more. Cooking dry pulses is easy too – we’ll show you how!

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Health & Nutrition

Delicious and easy to cook, pulses are a good source of protein, fiber and other essential nutrients.

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Pulses fit into MyPlate eating patterns as both Vegetables and Protein! Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.