Organic Red Lentils
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Non-GMO | Kosher
First cultivated in Central Asia several thousand years ago, Red Lentils can be found in many traditional cuisines today from Moroccan and Egyptian soups to Indian curries. Like other lentil varieties, Red Lentils are nutritional powerhouses, featuring fiber, protein and iron, among other vitamins and minerals. Traditional vegetarian cuisines pair lentils with rice, forming a low-fat, complete source of protein that is a fantastic addition to today’s heart-healthy diet.
Red lentils are reddish-orange in color, small, and have a mild flavor. These colorful lentils cook quickly and finish off with a pureed consistency. Red Lentils take on flavors beautifully and their consistency makes them perfect for a weeknight soup, a high-protein dip, or and Indian-inspired curry.
Basic Cooking Instructions:
Sort and rinse lentils before use. Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of lentils to a boil, and allow the lentils to boil for 2–3 minutes. Add 1 tsp. salt. Cover saucepan and cook on low heat for 10–15 minutes or until tender. Yields 4 cups.
Package should be carefully resealed after each use. Store in a cool dry place.
They are naturally gluten-free and low in sodium.
Red Lentils are high in protein. When paired with rice, lentils provide a complete vegetarian source of protein.
Red lentils are great sources of folate and magnesium – 2 heart-healthy vitamins everyone can benefit from.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a vegetarian-based diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by contributing to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower weight.
Red Lentils are good sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. A high fiber diet has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve digestion, help to lower blood sugar levels, and contribute to healthy weight.
Red Lentils are rich in iron, providing 18% of your recommended daily allowance per ¼ cup dry. Iron is used to make blood and to move oxygen around your body, giving you energy.
The shape of an optical lens resembles the shape of a lentil. Its name was borrowed from the Latin word for lentil, “lens”.
Humans have been consuming lentils for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians were even buried with them in their tombs.
Pullman, WA hosts a National Lentil Festival each year, even crowning a King and Queen! Along with Northern Idaho, this part of Eastern Washington grows ¼ of all US lentils. That’s a lot of lentils!