Saskatchewan may be known for wheat and canola, but another crop has become a quiet international bestseller. Homegrown pulses – lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and faba beans –are supplying traditional and growing markets, including the Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America. The pulses are widely used in protein-rich, high-fibre dishes, ranging from hummus to soups.
“We’re no longer just the bread basket of the world,” says Murad Al-Katib, president and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients in Regina. “We’re now a major part of the global protein highway.”