Palouse lentils have nothing to do with eye care – true or false?

The answer is FALSE.

If you turn a lentil sideways, you’ll see that its shape is similar to that of a magnifying glass.  The Latin word for lentil is “lens.”  Today the term “lens” is used to describe any transparent object used for optics. 

BUT there’s one more connection between lentils and eye care… and that is Mrs. David’s famous lentil chili.  If you’d like the recipe, please click here.



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