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Graina Bulk Food Store: Organic Lentils
Organic Lentils. They’re little, mild in flavour and found in some of our favourite soups, curries and sauces but what are Organic lentils really?
Organic means that no pesticide, germicide, insecticide or other types of chemicals were used in growing and processing.
Organic Lentils, known by their scientific name Lens culinaris, are legumes which originated in central Asia and are a major ingredient in Indian, Sri Lankan and many other Asian cuisines. Organic Legumes are the dry seeds of leguminous plants and so Organic Lentils are the seeds of the lentil plant which is a bushy, annual plant. They come in a range of different colours, sizes and textures and some types of lentils suit certain dishes better than others. Lentils have different names in different countries around the world: lentils (English), lenticchie (Italian), lentilles (French), aads (Arabic) and different species of lentils are grown in different parts of the world.
Organic Lentils, like many other Organic Legumes, may be small but they have lots of health benefits as they contain protein and fibre and vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins (in particular folate). A cup of cooked lentils is only 230 calories (962 kjs) and contains approximately 17.9g protein, 39.9 g carbohydrates and 15.6 g fat. Lentils, if combined with grains, nuts or seeds, will provide you with complete protein which is important to do if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet as lentils on their own will not provide you with complete protein.
Organic Lentils are great to cook with because there are endless possibilities to how you can use them. Organic Lentils or Organic Legumes can be bought Online at GRAINA which is a nice little store in Melbourne.
Organic Lentils and Legumes in Melbourne are becoming more popular in cooking and being used more as meat substitutes. Organic Lentils can be used in curries, dals, added to your soups or salads and can even be made into a vegetarian/ vegan version of sausage rolls, burgers and spaghetti Bolognese! Some Organic lentils, like brown and green lentils have more bite to them and are great to use when substituting meat and tend to add a bit of substance to your dish. Red Organic lentils however are softer and go well in soups and stews. Ordering Organic Lentils online in Melbourne at a affordable price is now very easy.
Organic Lentils can be bought cooked and tinned or dried and are available in a variety of types.
Here at Graina we have a variety of regular and organic lentils available to you such as:
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