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Taste of America Visits The National Lentil Festival
Pullman Shows Off Lentil Festival
In The Kitchen: Lentil Festival
Lentil Festival Wake-Up Call
- The National Lentil Festival started in 1989 and grows every year!Lentils are shaped like a contact lens. In fact, lens is the latin word for lentil.
- Lentils may have been used as an aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt. They also thought that the lentil enlightened the minds of children, making them more cheerful and studious.
- The lentil is a cousin of the bean, and both are a part of the legume family. All legumes are seeds that grow within pods.
- During World War II, Americans were encouraged to eat lentils to help the wartime economy.
- Folic Acid is one very important nutrient found in lentils. One cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Lentils provide more folic acid than any other unfortified food.
- Lentils have been found in the tombs of Egypt dating back to 2400 B.C.
- The official mascot of the National Lentil Festival is Tase T. Lentil. His close cousin, Dan D. Pea, is the mascot of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.
- Soluble fiber in lentils acts as a scrub brush, cleaning the digestive system. This type of fiber also decreases serum glucose and cholesterol, and decreases insulin requirements for people with diabetes.
- The chili bowl at the National Lentil Festival holds 650 gallons of lentil chili.
- In 1990 Whitman County, where Pullman is located, grew 98% of the lentils produced in the entire United States! We now grow about a quarter of the nation’s lentils, not because we grow less, but because other areas increased their production of this fabulous food!
- According to the Bible, Esau was tricked into selling his birthright for a pottage of lentils. (Genesis 25:34).
- Each year we brewed 350 gallons of our famous lentil chili. We stir the pot by hand using river paddles! (clean of course!)