About Canadian Lentils
Canadian Lentils is an Official Mark of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG). SPG is a not-for‐profit organization that represents lentil, chickpea, pea, and bean producers in Saskatchewan.
Lentils are among the finest, protein-rich plant foods grown on the planet.
Some neat facts:
- There is 8.5 g fibre and 7 g protein per cup of cooked Canadian lentils.
- Canadian Lentils are an excellent source of the micronutrients folate and iron, and a good source of selenium and zinc.
- The most common types of lentils grown in Canada are green and red. Also grown in Canada are black Beluga and French Green or du Puy lentils.
- Canada produces 67 per cent of the world’s lentil supply.
- In 2011, over 2.55 million acres of lentils were planted in Canada by over 5,000 lentil growers.
- Canada is the world’s leading exporter of lentils, exporting a total value of $872,956,572 in lentils in 2011.
- Canada only begun growing lentils in 1970, meaning it is a relatively new crop to Canada. Saskatchewan is the largest lentil growing province in Saskatchewan, accounting for 95 per cent of total Canadian production.
- India is the biggest importer of Canadian Lentils
For more information, visit www.lentils.ca.