A legume that is considered a rich source of plant protein, fiber, and vitamins. They are cultivated and sold in many varieties, and my be green, black, orange, brown, or other colors.
Domesticated in the Fertile Crescent around 8000 BCE.
It is believed that lentils were introduced to the U.S. by Asian and European immigrants in the early 1900s.
Lentils are one of the oldest cultivated crops. In the Bible’s Old Testament, the red pottage that Esau sold his birthright was made from lentils.
“Lentil” by E.S Oplinger et al (1990) https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/lentil.html
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)