I love red lentils as they are delicious, filling and quick and easy to prepare. You can turn them into hearty soups, or add them to many meals to add their wonderful flavour.
- The earliest lentils were found in Greece dating back between 13,000 – 9,500 years ago.
- Lentils have been found in Switzerland dating back to the Bronze Age.
- Lentils are mentioned in the bible (Genesis 25:30-34) – Esau sold his birthright for a pottage of lentils.
- They were an important seed in ancient times, likely because they were a good crop to carry across long distances.
- Lentils were mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher Pliny, as well as the Roman writers Juvenal and Martial.
- This protein-rich legume is loaded with fiber: one cup of cooked lentils provides nearly 40% of your daily recommended value of protein, and has only 230 calories.
- Lentils are a good source of manganese, iron, phosphorus, two B-vitamins, copper, thiamin and potassium.
- This lovely legume gives you energy to burn while stabilizing your blood sugar levels.
- Lentils contain anti-oxidants similar to those in tea, red wine and other foods.
Because lentils are sources of incomplete protein (by themselves they do not provide all of the essential amino acids you need) I usually serve them with rice or bread to get a compete protein source.