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Red Lentils

By Feedmedearly @feedmedearly

red_lentils Red lentils were a non-event this week. Unlike the red bananas, where we had lots to discuss, the kids generally felt that the red lentils were exactly like the brown lentils they eat in lentil soup. Snooze.

To make it a little more interesting for the readers at home though, here are some little-known factoids: Lentils (as Lauren pointed out) are actually seeds that grow in pods, usually two seeds per pod, and they were one of the first crops ever domesticated, between 9,500 to 13,000 years ago.

Maybe one day the kids will get as excited about lentils as I do. I just love them for their earthy taste and ability to take a starring role in just about any kind of cuisine. Hopefully next week’s challenge will be a little more talk-worthy, like the mangosteen, cuke-asaurus, and ugli fruit.

ME: These are red lentils. Cool, right? What do they look like?

LAUREN: They look like seeds.

ME: Sam?

SAM: Seeds.

LAUREN: They look kind of like flat chickpeas.

SAM: Mine is a circle.

LAUREN: All of them are.

SAM: A circled head.

LAUREN: A little circled head.

ME: What do they smell like?

LAUREN: Kind of nothing.

ME: What does it feel like in your hand?

SAM: This is my hand.

LAUREN: Kind of thickish.

ME: Oh it does.

LAUREN: What if we shake it?

LAUREN: Nothing.

ME: What does it taste like?

SAM: Can I have a spoon?

LAUREN: They taste like regular lentils. Like the lentils in lentil soup.

LAUREN: It tastes like real lentils.

ME: So did you guys like the lentils?

SAM & LAUREN: Yes.


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