Pulses, the humble seeds of leguminous plants, have long been the unsung heroes of Middle Eastern cuisine, enriching dishes with their hearty textures and wholesome flavours. These nutrient-packed legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, and fava beans, have been integral to the region's culinary heritage for centuries.

They form the backbone of many Middle Eastern recipes, from the beloved hummus to savoury lentil soups, hearty bean stews (foul mudammas) and Mujadara (spiced rice and lentils). Their ability to absorb and enhance a myriad of spices makes them the perfect canvas for the rich and diverse flavours that characterise Middle Eastern dishes.

What makes pulses even more remarkable is their positive impact on the planet. These crops have the unique ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, enhancing its fertility and reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. This natural process, known as nitrogen fixation, contributes to sustainable agriculture practices by enriching it with essential nutrients, reducing the need for carbon-intensive synthetic fertilizers. This powerhouse quality makes them a key player in promoting biodiversity and maintaining a balanced ecosystem- great for your health and the pulse of the planet!