Lentils are named for their lens-shaped seeds. Lens culinaris, the botanical name for lentil, are part of the legume family and are also known as a pulse. They are an annual bushy plant where the seeds grow in pods (usually two per pod). Lentils are the oldest known pulse crop dating all the way back to 11,000 BCE. Today, lentils are mostly grown in Canada, India, and Australia. Our organic french green lentils are grown in Canada.
Lentils are composed of 8% water, 63% carbohydrates, 11% dietary fiber, 25% protein, and 1% fat on average. They are a rich source of the vitamins and minerals folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, phosphorous and zinc. French green lentils are unique from other standard varieties (brown and green). They differ mostly in their darker color and smaller size (one-third of the size of a standard lentil). They are also special in that when cooked, they hold their shape and texture extremely well (better than most other types). With a nutty, peppery and slightly earthy flavor, they are an ideal, nutritious ingredient for salads and light soups.
Defective Lentils: ≤2.0%
Contrasting Lentils: ≤0.2%
The product shelf life of french green lentils is dependent on storage conditions and is highly variable. They should be stored under cool, dry conditions in a humidity controlled environment. The industry standard for shelf life, when stored under optimum conditions, is 24 months from the date of manufacture.
Note: This is a raw agricultural product. Despite the use of modern cleaning equipment, it is not always possible to remove all foreign material. Please examine this product before cooking. This product is intended to be cooked before consumption. The specifications listed above are averages only. For specific information, please contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org.