Black lentils make a great base for soups, stews, or as an accompaniment to meals.
Lentils are a hardy annual; they are a member of the pea family. Lentils grow on sparsely branched vines from 45 to 60cm tall. The lentil has small whitish to light purple pea-like flowers. Pods are small, broad, flat and contain one or two flat, a lens-shaped seed that is green or yellow to orange, red or brown. Lentils flower from the lower branches up until harvest. Each flower produces a short pod that contains two seeds.
Plant 4 to 8 lentils per household member.
Lentils will germinate best between 20 and 30 degrees.
WHERE TO PLANT LENTILS
• Plant lentils in full sun. • Lentils prefer loose, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. • Lentils will grow in poor soil but the yield will be reduced. • Lentils will not grow well in water-logged soil. • Lentils grow best in soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. • Add aged compost to planting beds before sowing.
Minimum 50 seeds per packet.
All seeds are tested and grown on our farm in Malawi and our growing area in South Africa. Please check conditions in your area for the type of seed to be grown. Growth rates and germination times are dependent on many factors such as soil conditions, rainfall/watering patterns, climate, and many more. Growth and harvest can be affected by these conditions.
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