Lentils are the seeds of a seedling annual herb native to Asia and the Mediterranean, belonging to the family Papilionaceae. Their botanical name “lens” comes from the shape of the lens to suit. The fruit is a pod containing two or three short rectangular shaped seeds lenticular, flattened and vary in color from yellow to green to brown.
It ‘s a plant of ancient cultivation. The lentils were consumed always, thanks to their easy availability, high durability and their low cost.
Fun-Fact: It is considered auspicious to eat a plate of lentils at dinner last year when they join the knuckle, and especially the value assigned to ward off evil: this is due to the ancient custom of giving at year end, a purse (the typical bag to store coins) filled with lentils. The hope was that each grain is transformed into money, thus making it rich and the lucky recipient of your gift.
Our Red Split lentils produced in our Farm, Prunotto Mariangela, in Alba (they are lentils without the outer peel) cook in 6-12 minutes .
Be very careful when you cook the shelled varieties; they cook quickly and will turn to mush if you overcook or boil will be made vibrant.
Net Weight: 500 g