Eden Green Lentils are selected at the farm through our dedicated network of USA organic family farmers. The growers' constant care and vital organic soil produce the world's most appealing and nutritious food.
Eden offers a large selection of food in bulk sizes for food service professionals and families. Eden Green Lentils in a 25 pound bag is an excellent value for health conscious chefs who appreciate quality, nutrition, safety and superb flavor.
Lentils Lens culinaris are a legume, not a bean. They are small 'lens' or disc shaped. Native to the Middle East lentils have been an important staple food for over 8,000 years and are mentioned in the Book of Genesis where Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a thick bowl of lentil soup. Lentils come in many colors, ours are the finest quality bright green when dry.
Lentils are an excellent source of dietary fiber providing 44 percent daily value per serving. They are also rich in thiamin (B1), and folate (B9), providing 40 percent daily value per serving. Lentils have an excellent amino acid profile that is comparable to that of soybeans. They are also a source of good complex carbohydrate, and essential fatty acids (EFAs) when cooked, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. They are a good source of calcium, iron, panatothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and copper.
According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors," and "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease with many factors." Eden Green Lentils are fat and cholesterol free, rich in dietary fiber, and naturally sodium free.
Studies show beans contain a wealth of antioxidants similar to those in fruits and berries. "Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds," said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA's Bean Research Unit. "We didn't know how potent they were until now. In general darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity." Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Lentils are excellent as a soup, spread or side dish. They will stay fresh for several years if stored properly in a dark, cool, dry area, however we recommend using them within two years of purchase. To prepare lentils rinse thoroughly and strain, then add fresh water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, add your favorite vegetables and spices, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about one hour. Season with Eden Sea Salt or shoyu soy sauce when almost done. Lentils are not generally recommended for pressure cooking (due to their small size they tend to clog the vent). Great cooked with brown rice, in salads, grain burgers and for lentil paté.