Lentils are legumes and are mostly carbohydrates and proteins. They contain substantial fiber with a handful of lentils containing 8 grams of fiber. Pulses, daal and legumes are all lentils with whole lentils being the most nutritious. Lentils contain protein, fiber, and minerals and are known as Lens Culinaris: seeds with a protective husk. Lentils are an excellent food group and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases due to the fiber and protein intake.
A handful of Lentils contain:
63% total carbohydrates
Lentils contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus and they are high in the amino acid called lysine. Coupled with amazing recipes and as a staple food, Lentils are one of the best food sources on our planet!
Wheat is a whole grain and is also known as a kernel. Wheat comes in all shapes and sizes based on there endosperm composition and harvesting times. They are used for flat-bread, pastries, cereals and pastas.
Durum (wheat) is of the variety called “Triticum turgidum,” a very plump wheat with a high protein content. It is used to make all types of flat breads, roti’s, naans and pastas. Durum wheat is milled to remove the bran and germ, leaving the rich yellow endosperm granules called semolina. It is grounded into flour and used to make pasta. Semolina granules are used for cereals and couscous. Durum wheat is considered to be of higher quality then most of the other wheat grain families.
Durum is the only tetraploid species of wheat that is commercially cultivated today. It is grown in the spring time primarily in the Southern Canada. While durum wheat can be used to make bread, it is almost exclusively used to make semolina flour.
Field peas which are also known as yellow and green peas are meant to be used dried or fresh in Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. The skin of the yellow peas is a light yellow and are are slightly larger than green peas. A yellow Pea is about 8.5mm in length. Yellow Pea varieties include: Belinda, Century, Impala, Lenca, Miranda, Paloma, Renata, Tipu and Victoria.
Dried peas stored in cool airtight containers can last many months in dark places and can stay longer if stored in the freezer or refrigerator.
Field Peas are known across the globe in many cultures and are used in dishes such as Pilaf, Daal, Mutter and Vatana. They are also used in a variety of soups and dried salads.
They contain: molybdenum, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron and potassium, B vitamins and folic acid.
Chickpea’s are legumes and across the globe are known as garbanzo legumes, cicer arietinum, bengal gram and the indian pea. Chickpeas are consumed all over the world, and predominantly in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and in Southern Europe. Kabuli is a large, light color bean; chickpea colors include - Green, black, brown and red. They have tremendous protein and fiber which help the human body lower cholesterol and boosts mineral intake.
Chickpea dishes include: soups, salads, stews, falafals, hummus and cholay or chana. It is known to be one of the best and healthiest legumes found on earth.
A handful of Chickpeas contain:
17 grams fiber
19 grams of protein.
45 g of carbohydrates
4 g fat.
Chickpeas also contain: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine vitamin K, folate, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and zinc.
Canola is created by squeezing canola/rapeseeds effectively and emitting oil induced seeds. Canola belongs to the brassica genus group that also has a variety of other members such as: mustard – the main family group, brussels sprouts, cabbage andkale. Brassica genusis a flowering plant and grows to 5ft on average resulting in a yellow sprouting flower.
The seeds in the flower have about 40% oil obtained in them used for foods and other household items. Canola seeds are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels and are packed with Vitamin E, protein, and high oil content. Canola is also used for animal feed as the protein content is highly durable and contains high sub-fatty acids. Canola seed oil has also been used in engineering components such as vehicles, lubrication and submarines during combat and warfare times. Canada produces approximately 17% of the worlds canola output.