Beluga Lentils
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Beluga Lentils, also known as Black Lentils, are a lesser-known variety of Lentils.

Beluga Lentils appear small, black and shiny. They get their name because, when cooked, they resemble Beluga Caviar.

Purchasing

To ensure the best quality and shelf life of your Lentils, buy Beluga Lentils that have a bright uniform color; a dull color indicates a lack of freshness and vitality. Also look for Beluga Lentils that are uniform in size since varied sizes result in uneven cooking times. Inspect the Beluga Lentils for cracks or holes and avoid buying any packaging that has been damaged. Beluga Lentils are sold whole or split into halves. Also be aware that, Beluga Lentils are often more expensive than their brown Lentil counterparts.

Storage

Dried Lentils are known for their long, almost indefinite shelf life. Store your dried Beluga Lentils in a sealed package or airtight container in a cool and dry area, such as your pantry. Refer to the expiration dates on the package to determine how long they can be stored. For best flavor and presentation, use dried Beluga Lentils within one year. Fresh Beluga Lentils should last about 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

For more information about Lentils, see Smart Kitchen's General Lentil Information Resource.

Culinary Uses

Beluga Lentils have a stronger, earthy flavor, but they are much milder in flavor than Brown Lentils. Beluga Lentils are typically prepped by rinsing them and Boiling is the most common cooking method. During the cooking process, the Beluga Lentils absorb some of the cooking water, so it is a good idea to flavor the Boiling Liquid with some Herbs or Vegetables that will make them even tastier.

Black Lentils are best cooked Al Dente (or just past), depending on your preferences. They cook up quickly tough, so pay attention. Beluga Lentils are great in Soups and Salads.

Nutritional Value

per serving: 1/4 cup (50g)

Calories 152

Calories from fat 4

Carbohydrate 25 g 8%

Dietary Fiber 10 g 40%

Protein 12 g

Nutrition

Beluga Lentils are a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Niacin, Zinc and Vitamin K. They are a particularly good source of Dietary Fiber, lean Protein, Iron and Folate.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes