Legume Pulses

What is Legume Pulses about?

Do you want to know more about peas, beans and lentils? I will go into depth with informative articles. I’ll cover basic information on a wide variety of legumes and pulses. Which means our articles will cover both fresh and dried legumes. Have look around the site you can discover a wide range of different pulses used in cuisine around the world.

How is this site different?

This site specializes on edible legumes and pulses. So if you want to identify your peas or beans we are a good place to start your research. However, I also cover useful tips on gardening, sprouting, preserving and cooking legumes and pulses. Not to mention you can also find easy to prepare recipes.

Why I started Legume Pulses

Hi there, I'm Brett Standeven. I have always had a strong interest in botany and growing plants. But it was living in Japan which gave me the inspiration for the site. The Japanese enjoy a very traditional diet of fresh vegetables and fruits. And it's not uncommon to have 6-10 different vegetables for dinner. Many of which are beans such as Edo Mame, Adzuki and Kuro Mame.

But in America and in Western Europe we also have a strong culture of eating beans and peas with hundreds of varieties available. What happened to our traditional way of eating? So this site was born to help those who are interested in growing and cooking legumes of all varieties available to us but don't know how to identify and use them.

If you want to contact me here's a link to the Contact Page.

About Legume Pulses
Yes that's me, Brett Standeven and I also buy frozen legumes such as peas and beans. They're are great way to add variety to your meals when many vegetables are out of season.

About the blog owner and writer

Hi as mentioned earlier i’m Brett Standeven. I want to welcome you to Legume Pulses. A site about, you guessed it, how to use, grow, and identify different legumes.

I studied horticultural science in New Zealand which included, botany, soil management, and I studied entomology under Ruud Kleinpaste at Unitec Institute of Technology. During my studies I had a keen interest in the study of plant molds (Aflatoxins).

During my study I completed my work placed training at the Plant & Food Research Centre based in Auckland New Zealand and worked part-time in the Horticultal Department to help maintain the grass tails and chrysanthemum production.

Hampton Court Vegetable Gardan London
The kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace in London. And was originally build in 1689. Yes, gardening is a lot of fun. But you can do it on a much smaller scale

Brett Standeven a.k.a Boonie Hicks

As mentioned earlier I run another blog. The blog is called Boonie Hicks and I publish articles under the pseudonym. Yes, I was very hesitant to put my real name on the internet at first. You will also find wholesome and nutritious recipes at Boonie Hicks. However, it focuses on 19th century cookery and I recreate old recipes that were popular in the 1800's.

You can also learn about cookware, I'm especially interested in ceramics and cast-iron. It kinda fits in with my love of the Victorian era. I get to use lot of my vintage cast iron collection.

Brett Standeven a.k.a Boonie Hicks
Hi guys I'm Brett Standeven the writer for Legume Pulses. However, Im also a cast iron collector and interested in 19th-century way of life. I'm especially interested in Victorian era cookery.

Brett Standeven

Writer and Content Editor

To be honest I'm more at home in the garden than online. My favorite garden would have to be Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The vegetable garden simply amazing.

Why trust the Legume Pulses articles?

  • I studied Horticultural Science
  • Have a strong interest in, homesteading and gardening and cookery
  • I research food history 
  • Run another blog about 19th-century cookery
  • I’m an experienced teacher with over 15-years experience
  • Lived in Japan for over 17-years
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