The UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, but what are they?
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses in A/RES/68/231. But what are they?
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) pulses are:
.. annual leguminous crops yielding from one to 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod. They are used for both food and feed.
The term "pulses" is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food (green peas, green beans, etc.) which are classified as vegetable crops. Also excluded are those crops used mainly for oil extraction (e.g.soybeans and groundnuts) and leguminous crops (e.g. seeds of clover and alfalfa) that are used exclusively for sowing purposes.
Source: FAO 1994. Definition and classification of commodities. Draft. Pulses and derived products.
For more information see the FAO information page on pulses.
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