October 9, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Before it leads to any confusion, we'd like to get the "color thing" out of the way. Some will say these lentils do not look red. We will not vociferously disagree with those people. We will say this. They are red lentils. That's what they’re called. We didn't name them. We know they might look a little orange, even pink in some light, and they tend to turn a bit golden when you cook them. Rest assured, however, that they are Red Lentils.
Trader Joe's Red Split Lentils are just what they say they are: whole red lentils that have been split in half. Why split them? Because splitting them in half greatly reduces the cooking time (down to about 12 minutes!), yet doesn’t have any impact on flavor or nutritional profile. So they retain their mild, slightly nutty flavor and they're still a nutritional powerhouse, with 10 grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving. You can cook them with very little adornment and enjoy them as a side dish with various meats, fish and veggies, or you can add them to soups, stews, or salads.
No matter how you enjoy the legumes themselves, you'll definitely enjoy our price of $1.69 for each 16 ounce bag of Red Split Lentils. You'll find them on our grocery shelves.