What does Canada grow? Although Canada spreads itself over 9.2 billion hectares, only 45.2 million hectares are used as farmland. Which plants are most viable in our climate? When thinking about farming in Canada, most people believe Canada’s agriculture business is made up of grains (oats, wheat, barley, canola, soybeans etc.), vegetables (tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, soya beans, etc.), fruits (apple, Strawberries, blueberries etc.) and livestock (cows, pigs, chickens, etc.) What most people don’t realize is thanks to Canada’s wide range of climatic conditions, we can (and do!) grow a lot more! Take lentils for instance, did you know Canada is the world leader in production and exportation of lentils, followed by India, Turkey and Australia?
What is a Lentil?
Lentil comes from the Latin word LENS. Which makes sense when you consider the shape of a lentil. A lentil is an edible pulse that grows in a double-convex (i.e. lens) shape. They are part of the legume family and provide 30% of your daily protein in one portion. Ranging in colour for red, orange, yellow, black, brown and green, they are full of nutrients and provide a delicious addition to purees, salads or eaten on their own. Lentils are know for their ability to help lower cholesterol (because of high fiber), lower blood pressure (because of high potassium), and prevent heart disease (because of high fiber and folate). Not only are they healthy to eat, but they are quick to prepare and are a delicious addition to any meal!
#LentilHunter – Chef Michael Smith
When Canadian Chef, Michael Smith, found out lentils were Canada’s hidden secret, he was determined to share this knowledge with the world. Being a chef with a passion for travel and trying new flavors, he circled the globe searching for the world’s best lentil recipes. With stops in France, Italy, Morocco, Dubia and India, he learned that lentils can be cooked in many different ways to create delicious flavors to tempt the taste buds. To celebrate this adventure, he created a Web series of his adventures called #lentilHunter.
Check out these amazing recipes from the cities he visited!
Do you want to cook with the #LentilHunter?
Love lentils as much as Chef Michael Smith? Watch the #LentilHunter Web series and search Mini Chef hidden in each video. Watch the videos and win a trip to PEI to cook with Chef Michael Smith!