March 18, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
One of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, lentils are legumes with legacy. According to one ancient tale, an individual abandoned his birthright but for a mere bowl of lentils! They're that good. These earthy, savory pulses are a plentiful protein source—in fact, a serving of lentils supplies more protein than an equivalent serving of beef. They also cook rather quickly in relation to their bean brethren—there is NO soaking required.
Our Whole Green Lentils are distinguished by their greenish-brown hue and robust, nutty flavor that carries seasoning quite comfortably. Plus, they hold their shape particularly well after cooking, making them a great addition to dishes that benefit from some texture: sides, salads, soups, vegetable curries... They also serve as a fine burrito filling or pita stuffing. Grown for us in Canada, Trader Joe's Whole Green Lentils are worth a fortune, but they don’t cost one at just $1.69 for a one pound bag.