Leguminosae Lens culinaris Medic.
Source: Magness et al. 1971
The lentil plant is a much branched annual, 1 to 2 feet high, with compound leaves having numerous oval leaflets. The edible rounded lens-shaped seeds are borne in short pods, 2 per pod. In culture, lentils are similar to dry beans or peas. Seeds only are used as food. The herbage is sometimes used as fodder. Lentils are important foods in many countries.
Production in U.S.: 39,998 acres reported 1959 census.
Use: As cooked vegetable, mainly soup and stews.
Part consumed: Seed only as food; whole plant as feed.