Suppression

Lentils

Category: Food

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

 

The lentil (Lens culinaris) is an edible pulse. It is a bushy annual plant of the legume family, known for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm (16 in) tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each.

Lentils have been part of the human diet since aceramic (before pottery) Neolithic times, being one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East. Archeological evidence shows they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago.

 

Lentil colors range 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.

They are covered under the more generic heading of Beans, as they share many of the characteristics of this family of foods. 

Although the heading says beans, this section covers a number of related seeds that are also more correctly known as edible legumes and pulses.

 

 

 

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