Latin "puls", from Ancient Greek πόλτος poltos "porridge"), sometimes called a "grain legume", is an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod. Pulses are used for food for humans and other animals. Included in the pulses are: dry beans like pinto beans, kidney beans and navy beans; dry peas; lentils; and others.
Pulses are important food crops due to their high protein and essential amino acid content. Like many leguminous crops, pulses play a key role in crop rotation due to their ability to fix nitrogen.
Just like words such as "bean" and "lentil", the word "pulse" may refer to just the seed, or the entire plant."
We were never taught the term pulse crop in Ohio. I think it must come from Canada or the plains, probably before that. Pulse crops do very well in Ohio and soybeans has bean our number one crop more than once. The first time I heard the term pulse crop was from Dr. Dwayne Beck from Dakota Lakes Research Center at the National NoTillage Conference many years ago.
Pulse crops are key to his research because in that part of the world they can grow about anything and have more crop diversification than we do in the Midwest.
"Archaeologists have discovered traces of pulse production around Ravi River (Punjab), the seat of the Indus Valley civilization, dating circa 3300 BC. Meanwhile, evidence of lentil cultivation has also been found in Egyptian pyramids and dry pea seeds have been discovered in a Swiss village that are believed to date back to the Stone Age. Archaeological evidence suggests that these peas must have been grown in the eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia regions at least 5,000 years ago and in Britain as early as the 11th century."
LuAnn topped her salad off with Garbanzo beans or chick peas last night. I don't like the taste of them or humus which is made from them but they are healthy foods.
I do like raising "pulse crops" though because they fit very well in the rotation in Ohio and across this country.
Pulse crops need to be inoculated properly because most of the soils they are grown in won't be healthy enough to provide the bacteria they need to produce nitrogen. I don't think I find one field in 1000 with enough soil health that legumes won't make more yield than if they are properly inoculated.
Do you raise pulse crops? Do you consume them?