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  About Pulses
Pulses, also known as legumes, include dry peas, lentils and chickpeas (garbanzo beans). The majority of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas in the United States are grown in the northern tier states of North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington as a rotation crop.
  Dry Peas
Dry peas are most well known for their signature dish, split pea soup, however they also make a hearty addition to salads and pasta dishes. While the majority of U.S. dry peas - both green and yellow - are shipped to overseas markets, there is a domestic demand for the familiar product. In fact, National Split Pea Soup Week is the second week of November each year in the U.S. so be sure to celebrate it!
Lentils are small, lens-shaped pulses that range from small brown varieties to large green varieties to red medium varieties. Lentils are packed with nutrition and are extremely versatile in the kitchen. What does salsa, appetizers, enchiladas, veggie burgers, and chocolate cake have in common? Lentils! Here's your challenge: construct a dinner menu with every dish using lentils as an ingredient
  Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Hummus, the highly popular snack dip made with chickpeas, is one of the driving forces behind the demand for chickpeas. In the United States, hummus sales jumped from $5 million in 1997 to $192 million in 2007. Why? Because it's good, and chickpeas are healthy and nutritious!
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