The four main types of pulses grown in Canada are dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.Pulses are very high in protein and fibre, and are low in fat. Pulses are also nitrogen-fixing crops that improve the environmental sustainability of annual cropping systems. Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be consumed in many forms including whole or split, ground in to flours or separated into fractions such as protein, fibre and starch.
Canada has developed a multi-billion dollar pulse industry. Canadian farmers produced approximately 7.1 million tonnes of pulses in 2017, making pulses Canada’s fifth largest crop overall after wheat, canola, corn and barley.
Canada has become the world leader in pulse trade; Canadian pulses meet the needs of over 130 markets around the world.