PULSES FOR HEALTH
PULSES FOR HEALTH
Students of IUE Department of Culinary Arts and Management cooked keşkek (a dish of mutton or chicken and coarsely ground wheat), aşure (Noah’s Pudding), and buğday aşı (wheat dish) the old fashioned way as part of the UN’s 2016 International Year of Pulses celebrations. A special menu of “pulses” was offered to the guests at the dinner event co-organized by Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Izmir Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, and Izmir University of Economics.
The event that took place at IUE Ceremony Field welcomed many guests including Ekrem Demirtaş, President of IUE Board of Trustees, Lieutenant Hasan Küçükakyüz of Air Training Command, Olgun Atila, Bornova Mayor, Ahmet Volkan Güngören, Head of Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, Ahmet Güldal, Izmir Provincial Director for Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, Temel Aycan Şen, CEO of Aegean Region Young Businessmen Association, Tamer Taşkın, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Izmir, Asuman Nardalı, President of ITO Businesswomen Council, members of ITO Pulses Group, and members of IUE Board of Trustees. The guests were treated wheat soup with eggs and yogurt, steak tartar a la turca, fried legumes salad, coarsely ground wheat soup with lamb and yoghurt, keşkek with lamb neck, cracked wheat pilaf with tomatoes, and aşure.
‘Pulses cooked in large, wood-fired cauldrons’
President Ekrem Demirtaş stated that students of IUE Department of Culinary Arts and Management cooked different dishes made of pulses in large, wood-fired cauldrons. He said, "Our students cooked pulses in cauldrons the old fashioned way. It was traditionally cooked this way in weddings, circumcision parties. Young generation does not even witness cooking in wood-fire. But, tonight we had some wonderful dishes. "
‘Fast food is spreading, the answer is pulses’
Ahmet Güldal, Izmir Provincial Director for Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, reminded that the UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses with the suggestion of Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, and he said that at a time where fast food culture is spreading like blob, they wanted to raise awareness on pulses which is very good for human health. Güldal said, "The experts highly recommend consuming pulses, which are low in fat and high in fiber, 3 times a week. We want to spread the word around, especially to young people. We receive significant support from Izmir. We have a study group for this.”
’Celebrating it country-wide’
Ahmet Volkan Güngören, Head of Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, stated that they would continue to embrace the International Year of Pulses and hold organization as such in 81 cities in the coming periods.
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