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Shopping List Superfoods: Lentils

The lentil (Lens ensculenta) is a legume that grows in pods containing one or two lentil seeds. They are believed to have originated in central Asia.

Fun Facts About Lentils

  • Lentils have been eaten by humans since Neolithic times and were one of the first domesticated crops.

  • In the Middle East, lentil seeds have been found dating back more than 8000 years.

  • In Judaism, lentils are considered to be a food for mourners because of their round shape symbolizing the circle of life.

  • The Greek playwright Aristophanes called lentil soup the “sweetest of delicacies.”

  • Lentils have been found in Egyptian tombs dating as far back as 2400 BC.

  • In India, the lentil is known as dal or daal.

  • For many centuries, lentils were considered to be “the poor man’s meat.” In Catholic countries, those who couldn’t afford fish would eat lentils during Lent instead.

  • In the 18th century, King Louis XV’s wife, Marie Leszczynska, made lentils fashionable among royalty and they were nicknamed “the queen’s lentils.”

  • There are many different varieties and colors of lentils, including brown, yellow, black, orange, red and green.

  • The most common lentils used in the United States are green and brown, since these varieties are best at retaining their shape after cooking.

  • Unlike most other beans, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking.

  • In the 1980s British sitcom “The Young Ones,” the character named Neil is a stereotypical hippie who is always eating lentils.

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