For over 13 000 years, lentils have helped shaped the course of human history. Today, we add lentils to tasty stews, soups and salads. In ancient times, however, lentils were an important part of establishing modern societies.
When humans started to move away from their nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles, they looked to settle and form communities. To make settled civilisations possible, year-round food supplies had to be established, and that’s where our connection with lentils began.
Lentils grow to a height of about 15 centimeters, with one or two seeds in each pod. They’re harvested as seeds and dried for storage. Lentils require very little water to grow and once they’re prepped for storage, they can be kept for up to a year. They’re also nutritious, filling and absolutely delicious. For these reasons and many more, early civilisations gravitated towards lentils as their crop of choice.
Look at how ingrained lentils have been in human life for millennia.