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Beans and Pulses – Dr Pietro Iannetta


Dr Pete Iannetta, Research Leader at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, shares some of his vast knowledge of beans and pulses.

Listen in to learn more about the environmental and nutritional benefits of this plant food and find out about the development of Scottish baked beans as well as some recipe suggestions for including more beans in your diet.

Follow Pete on Twitter @AgroEcoAtJHI

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Useful links

Beans, glorious beans – This is an interesting article from the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission where Dr Pete Iannetta talks about how legumes could provide a healthier, climate friendly vegan alternative to ultra-processed products. 

The Food Programme on BBC Sounds – Beans (part 1): Are Legumes the Answer? Here more from Dr Pete Iannetta on why we should consider growing more beans in order to reap the benefits for our soils and health. 

Plant Breeding Stories podcast episode (S1E5) where Pete talks more about his research on legumes and how his findings have helped produce a carbon-neutral Scottish gin, Nadar. 

The United Nations has designated 10th February as World Pulses Day World Pulses Day | United Nations

For tasty and nutritious recipes that include beans and pulses, check out the recipe books by Anita Bean Vegetarian Meals in 30 Minutes By Anita Bean | Used | 9781472960641 | World of Books ( – I often recommend Anita’s books to my clients.

For lots of info and recipe ideas using pulses, check out Hodmedod – Recipes for British Pulses, Grains, Seeds and More Tagged “Pulses” – Hodmedod’s British Wholefoods (

For information and practical resources, including colourful infographics for kids on legumes, check out the TRUE project website – Home – TRUE Project (

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Food Connections Podcast

The Food Connections podcast aims to help you learn more about the food you eat and connect with those who make it.

The Food Connections podcast is created and produced by Dr Laura Wyness, Nutrition Research and Communication who is also one of Scotland’s Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors #ScotFoodAmbassador

Intro music produced by James Mosaic