French Green Lentil (Lens culinaris)
Decked out in dark green mottling, this French heirloom promises both beauty and taste. Known for its slightly mineral flavor, these lentils retain their shape when cooked and are slightly faster to prepare than other varieties.
- 120 seeds minimum
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Maturity: 100-110 days
- Direct sow 1” deep in full sun as soon as soil can be worked.
- Space plants 2-6" apart; space rows 24-26" apart.
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Each year I grow something new just to challenge myself. Usually, results are mixed and I am thankful for the experience. This year’s challenge is the green lentil. It is not a success, it is not a failure, it is just annoying. First, I didn't do my research. I figured lentils grew in long pods filled with several seeds. Nope, tiny pods and if you are lucky, inside you will find two seeds. Second, the pods split open and drop seeds before the pods go fully brown. So, I have a plant that is annoying and is now reseeding itself in two of my raised beds. Third, because of the small size, I need my reading glasses to check vines to harvest. Thank you green lentil for reminding me of my limited eyesight. Tonight, was my first night picking. 15 minutes in my garden wearing reading glasses for a total of 13 lentils. The vines are loaded so this night will be repeated multiple times before they are bare. I know I will enjoy a large pot of lentil soup this winter but tonight I say %$#@!! lentils