Did you know that pulses are an ancient superfood that have been around for centuries? Pulses are the dry edible seeds of plants with pods in the legume family and include dry field peas, dry beans, lentils and chickpeas. Fun fact, the word “pulse” comes from the Latin word puls, meaning thick soup. These culinary chameleons are rich in protein, fibre, and many key nutrients. They are deliciously versatile on their own and with other foods on the plate!
Pulses are grown for food and feed in countries around the world, and they are unique among grain crops in their ability to partner with certain soil bacteria to take nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient, from the air and turn it into a form that can be used by plants.
Alberta Pulse Growers is a not-for-profit organization that represents the farmers who grow field peas, dry beans, lentils, chickpeas, and faba beans in Alberta. We lead through innovation and collaboration to add value for Alberta’s pulse farmers. Funded by our farmers, our vision is to have “Pulses on every farm, on every plate”
Number of Producers in Alberta – 6500
Varieties Grown in Alberta:
- Green and Yellow Field Peas
- Red and Green Lentils
- Dry Beans: pinto, black, great northern
- Kabuli Chickpeas
- Faba Beans
Alberta Pulse Production numbers:
- 9 million seeded acres annually
- 976 million metric tonnes harvested in 2020/2021
Canada is one of the largest pulse producers in the world and the largest exporter, with 85% of pulses grown being shipped to 130 countries around the world in 2020. Pulse exports totaled $2.4B CAD in 2020!
2021 Canadian pulse statistics:
- 1 million seeded acres of pulses
- 8 million metric tonnes harvested
Source: Pulse Canada