Lentils are a form of pea, and are generally characterised by their flat shape. When harvested, lentils have a husk. If this husk is removed, the inner lentil is exposed, and the lentil becomes "split" into two halves. Lentils with their husks still on are known as whole lentils, and when the husks are removed, they are known as split lentils.
Featured in picture: Cooked French Puy Lentils by Sussex Wholefoods.
Split lentils are lentils with the husks removed, and are the "normal" type of lentil that one sees. They require a slightly shorter cooking time than whole lentils
. Note that in most cases, red split lentils are the "split" version of brown lentils... i.e., brown lentils are red lentils with the husks still on.
|Organically sourced, easy cook lentils. Add to soups, curries and other vegetable dishes. |
Quick to cook red lenitls
- Useful for thickening soups or curry.
- Easy to digest.
Organically Grown Yellow Split Peas
High in protein, easy to cook and very tasty.
Whole lentils are lentils that still have their husks on. The husks are high in fibre, and as such, whole lentils are considered more healthy than split lentils. This being said, all lentils are pretty healthy, with high amounts of protein and very low amounts of fat. Whole lentils need a slightly longer cooking time than split lentils: typically around half an hour.
Organic cooked Puy Type Lentils
Ready to make into a salad or stir through a casserole towards the end of cooking.
Chunky and firm with a succulent centre. French Lentils (aka Puy Lentils) are excellent in salads and hold their shape in soups much like beans do.
A dark, speckled lentil
- Remains quite firm and tastes slightly peppery.
- The same type of lentil as "Puy Lentil", except usually grown in Canada.
- Suitable for sprouting.
A light brown, plump lentil
- Slightly nutty & earthy flavour.
- Holds a firmer shape than split lentils.
- Can be seasoned with herbs & spices.
Bigger & almost "meaty" in texture
- Lots of flavour - compliments warm meat and vegetable dishes & adds depth to salads.
- Takes about 30 minutes to cook.
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