Organic Green Lentils
Organic Green Lentils are pale green, lens-shaped legumes that are known for their easy preparation, earthy flavor and high protein content.
Carefully sort lentils and rinse thoroughly. Bring 4 cups water to boil in saucepan. Slowly stir in 1 cup lentils. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until lentils are still firm but cooked through. Do not overcook. Drain lentils and rinse with cold water. Season with salt. Refrigerate until serving.
Storage & handling
Store in dry, cool place.
Organic Green lentils.
Organic Green Lentils (Lens esculenta) are a standard variety of lentils that are firm and exceptionally good at holding their shape. While they generally take the longest to cook of the lentil family due to their sturdy structure, they are still relatively quick. Unlike their cousin, the bean, lentils do not need to be soaked and therefore are much faster to prepare.
The bushy, annual lentil plant is a member of the legume family, growing about 16 inches tall with seed-producing pods. The dried seeds stored within those pods are the lentils themselves. Lentils are part of a family of legumes collectively known as pulses, which also includes dried peas and sometimes chickpeas.
The lentil is one of the oldest cultivated legumes--even being mentioned throughout the Hebrew Bible--and is believed to be native to southwestern Asia and northern Syria. The word lentil stems from the Latin "lens."
Lentils are often paired with grains or rice to provide a complete protein. Rice and lentils make up the popular Indian dish "khichdi," as well the one of the national dishes of Egypt, "kushari." About a quarter of lentil production is from India, most of which is consumed by its domestic market.
In addition to high protein and fiber content, the lentil is also packed with iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium. Eating lentils and other pulses may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is especially important during pregnancy to help prevent certain birth defects.
This delicious meat-free dish pairs our versatile Green Lentils with the rich, spicy notes of cumin and allspice, as well as the refreshing flavors of lemon juice and mint.