Chef Michael Smith Ushers in International Year of Pulses


TORONTO — The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses and chef Michael Smith recently celebrated the distinction with a Pulse Feast in Toronto.

Pulses are edible seeds of the legume family including dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. They are also a sustainable food source and high in protein and fibre.

Last night’s Pulse Feast, held at the Design Exchange in Toronto, showcased recipes prepared using a variety of pulses. At the event, Smith — Pulse Canada’s ambassador — also promoted the Pulse Pledge. The pledge encourages North Americans to eat more homegrown pulses by committing to consuming a half-cup of pulses each week for 10 weeks.

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