Organic Green Lentil Seeds -untreated
Other Names: Dhal, Masoor, Adas, Heramame, Lentille, Lenteja, Lins !
The lentil plant grows 30 - 40 cm tall, bushy and semi-viny annual. It has many soft, hairy branches with pinnately compound leaves and numerous oval leaflets. Flowers are white, lilac, or pale blue. The seeds grow in pods about 1 cm long, each pod bears two seeds in each.
Lentils are very nutritious and can be cooked on their own or added to soups, stews and made into a curry (dhal). Lentils are more digestible than many legumes. The dried seed can also be ground into a powder and used with cereal flours in making bread, this greatly enhances the value of the protein in the bread. The seed stores better if it is left in its husk. Young seedpods can also be used fresh or cooked like green beans.Lentils work wonderfully in just about any kind of savory dish you want to be creative with. They can be tossed into both green salads and grain salads or used in sandwich wraps. Lentils are delicious added to soups, stews, dals, curries and chili, and they are fantastic as a meat substitute for veggie burgers and vegan sloppy joes. They are also quite tasty cooked by themselves and served over rice or mixed with vegetables.
Soak 2 tablespoons of seeds for 8-12 hours. Rinse and drain twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. They are ready to harvest in 5-6 days.
Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). They are a natural laxative.
As with other pulses, lentils require a warm and sunny climate for best seed production.
Lentils will grow in any soil type.