Lentils are an ancient food. Originally, they came from Asia and the Middle East. They are part of the legume family and they’re related to beans.


Fun Facts

  • Lentils are usually purchased dried in small bags. The two most common types are red or green lentils.
  • Lentils are cooked with liquid, such as water or broth, until they’re soft. They have a mild taste and are delicious with many types of flavorings, vegetables, and meat.
  • Lentils are loaded with protein, fiber, folate, and iron.
  • These small legumes can be stored for a long time. They’re also inexpensive to buy, making them a good food option.
  • When served with a grain, such as rice, lentils make a complete protein. They can be a replacement for meat. They’re naturally gluten-free.
  • Humans have eaten lentils for more than 10,000 years. They’re a major food source in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries.
  • Most of the world’s lentils grow in Canada, India, and Australia.



  1. Ancient: old
  2. Inexpensive: does not cost a lot
  3. Replacement: to stand in for something else


Questions and Answers

Question: How long do lentils need to cook?

Answer: Lentils are fast-cooking. They take between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the type of lentil.

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