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Is your finger on the Pulse?
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Did you know that the United Nations have declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulse? Pulses can include beans, peas, lentils, etc and are a healthy, affordable and sustainable source of protein.

They’re good for the soil and formed an important part of a farmers’ crop rotation in the UK for centuries. Those with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets find pulses a particularly useful source of protein, but now farmers, chefs and a whole range of consumers alike are beginning to take closer look at these versatile little legumes.

In collaboration with the British Edible Pulse Association and Hodmedod’s, FACE’s regional coordinator in the East of England has put together some activity ideas to encourage students at KS1 & KS2 to understand more about pulses, in particular the fava bean (a type of broad bean) which is already grown widely in the UK. Much of the crop goes for export or animal feed, but they can also be used to make delicious hummus and falafels! 

Download our free FACE resource sheet here.