The lentil is one of the oldest food crops known. In 2008 Australia was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest exporter of lentils behind Canada and USA. Virtually the entire Australian lentil crop is red lentil, with South Australia and Victoria being the major producers.
Unlike other legumes, lentils don’t need to be soaked prior to cooking. Lentils are usually sold split which means they have been split down the middle to the natural halves of the seed. This means they cook more quickly.
Types of Lentils
Other culinary uses for lentils
A table comparing the nutrient content of different types of legumes can be downloaded from our Legumes & Nutrition page.