Common Pulse Varieties

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

Large (Kabuli)

Small (Desi)

Lentils

Green (most common)

Red

Small Brown (Pardina)

French Green

Black

Dry Peas

Split Green

Split Yellow

Whole Green

Whole Yellow

Beans

Adzuki

Black

Blackeye Peas

Kidney (Dark Red)

Kidney (Light Red)

Great Northern

Navy

Pinto

Fava

Small Red

Mung

Lima

Cranberry

Pink

Pulse vs. Legume – What’s the Difference?

Pulses are part of the legume family (any plants that grow in pods), but the term “pulse” refers only to the dry edible seed within the pod. Beans, lentils, chickpeas and split peas are the most common types of pulses. Pulses are special because they have distinct health benefits apart from other legumes. Unlike legumes like peanuts and soy, for example, pulses are low in fat and very high in protein and fiber.

Environmentally Friendly Crops

In addition to being good for you, pulses are also good for the Earth! Pulses are nitrogen-fixing crops, which means they can convert nitrogen in the air into a plant available nutrient. Pulses can reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizers, ultimately improving the environmental sustainability of annual cropping systems.