Green Lentils (Lens culinaris) are a lovely green color and have a mild earthy flavor. They are about a half centimeter wide and therefore cook quickly. They retain their firmness a little better than other lentils and are wonderful in dishes as a meat substitute. Eaten for thousands of years, lentils probably originated in the Indus river valley. They are a staple in many south Asian cultures to this day. Did you know that the word 'lens' comes from the Latin word for lentil? The round, convex shape of a single lentil characterizes the definition of a lens.
Lentils are quick cooking, which makes them an easy addition to many soups. They are also good cooked and chilled for salads or mixed with bread crumbs as a vegetable stuffing. Or blend lentils with middle eastern couscous for a bed for seafood or poultry.
Lentils. (May contain a trace percentage of cereal grains)