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September 20, 2012

Well, the Idaho farmers planted them for us – 36,000 acres of lentils, 22,000 acres of peas and 130,000 acres of beans!

Now it’s up to us to prepare and feed them to our families. Yeah… I can just hear the cheering.

Legumes (beans, including soy, peas, lentils and peanuts) are recommended for our long term storage. They should make up about 15% of what we have stored in grains and legumes. In other words, for every 300 pounds of grain, we should consider having around 60 pounds of legumes. Why?

Okay, here are a few hints:

  • COMBINING LEGUMES, such as beans, lentils, peanuts or soy, WITH GRAINS, such as whole wheat, cornmeal, oats, pasta, or rice, CREATES A GROUPING OF AMINO ACIDS that equals a complete protein source – important when meat or dairy are missing or in short supply.
  • Legumes are a great source of dietary fiber
  • Legumes store very, very, very well.
  • Legumes can be sprouted – adding nutritional variety to  storage  diets


One Comment
  1. Katherine K permalink

    Don’t forget the lentils and garbanzos grown in Washington! After all, where is the Lentil Festival held every August? I really like lentils. Their nutritional value makes them worth the trouble to add them to baked goods .. . .and all sorts of foods!

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