Welcome to the 2012 LoveYour Lentils Tour in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!

Last week, with fourteen other RDs from across Canada and the US, I participated in this interesting and exciting event. The tour was organized by Canadian Lentils/Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Over two days, we visited Dwayne Moore’s (in the photo with me) lentil farm in Rosewood, Sask, a lentil processing plant, the University of Saskatchewan Food Development Centre and competed in a Lentil Cooking Challenge.

It was jam packed fun. Here are some lentil takeaways I want to share with you.

Canadian Lentil Quick Facts

  • Canada only began grown lentils in 1970, meaning it is a relatively new crop.
  • Saskatchewan is the largest lentil growing province in Canada, accounting for 97% of the total Canadian production.
  • The most common types of lentils grown in Canada are green and red. Also grown in Canada are black Beluga and French Green or Du Puy lentils.
  • Canada produces 67% of the world’s lentil supply. Canada is the world’s leading exporter of lentils, exporting close to $1 billion in 2011.
  • In 2011, over 2.55 million acres of lentils were planted in Canada by over 5,000 growers.
  • India is the largest importer of Canadian Lentils.

Lentil Nutrition – The Hidden HealthySuperstars

  • Everyone can benefit from eating lentils.
  • These superstars have a low glycemic index which makes them an excellent choice for people with diabetes.
  • They are naturally gluten-free, making them a delicious staple in a gluten-free kitchen.
  • They are high in fibre, protein, folate, potassium with a good source iron and magnesium.
  • Research has demonstrated that adults who eat legumes (including lentils) 4 times or more per week had a lower risk of heart disease, compared to those eating legumes less than once a week.

In the mood for summer time citrus? Why not try this lentil lemon soup for a refreshing addition to a summer supper menu !

 Experiment and love your lentils!