Updated: Jun 8, 2019
Did you know, lentils pulses and beans, these tiny, seemingly nondescript legume pods have been packing power punches for a power lunch since time began!
Palaeobotanists believe 60 million years ago, an evolutionary jump took place and plants belonging to the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family broke away from their flowering-plant ancestors by acquiring genetic traits that made them unique & gave rise to pulses. Despite some academic disagreements on this particular view points, many argue that;
"given the long shelf life, legumes such as dried lentils, broad beans and chickpeas might have played a vital role in the evolution of the early civilisations."
Legumes are argued to be one of the first domesticated plants in the New World. Today Legumes are the third-largest family of flowering land plants on Earth, with almost 20,000 different species.
Why should we be eating more of these?
According to the UN FAO here are some good reasons to eat more this amazing seed.
Art work credit © FAO, 2016
Faced with the rising demand for food while we take on the challenge to overcome hunger and malnutrition and try to increase food quantity and quality, now more than ever we have to make sure we produce our food sustainably, efficiently and safely. Legumes are the perfect champion for food sustainability and they do wonder to human body by providing the essential nutrients.