Pulses or legumes have played a vital role in almost all cultures and civilizations that we know today.
- From Latin puls (“meal, porridge”), probably from Ancient Greek πόλτος (póltos, “porridge”)
- Legume (Latin legūmen, -ĭnis)
- Pulses are part of the legume family. “Pulse” refers to the dried seed: peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas.