Scientific Name: Lens Culinaris
Description: Originally from Central Asia, lentil consumption dates back about 8000 years ago. It was one of the first foods to be grown in prehistory. There are dozens of varieties that are distinguished by colour. It has a high nutritional value.
- Improves bone health,
- Helps lower bad cholesterol,
- Regulates the intestines,
- Prevents anaemia.
Planting Tips: Lentil is a very easy to sprout legume. Lentils can easily die if we have to compete with weeds, so take some time to remove them.
Soil: Lentil adapts to different soil types, but prefers light, well-drained soil. The pH should be between 5.5 to 6.5.
Exposure / Temperature: Direct sunlight or partial shade. Temperatures below 10ºC cause delays in flowering. The ideal temperature is between 15ºC and 25ºC.
Irrigation: Water to keep the soil moist but not soaked.
Harvesting: Lentil is harvested when the pod is pinkish yellow, about 80 to 100 days after sowing.
Life cycle: Annual.