Archeological evidence shows that homo sapiens were eating lentils 9,500 to 13,000 years ago. Ranging in colour from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black, lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms, with or without the skins, whole or split. Canada is the world's largest exporter of lentils, selling to over 100 countries.
The Lentil or 'Lens culinaris' is an annual, growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are self-pollinated. Like most legumes, lentils fix nitrogen.
Plant mid to late spring. Very drought tolerant.
Great for sprouting as have sufficient levels of all amino acids.