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how to make a dirt(y) lentil

autumn baby KI crop

First rains mean it's time to pop the seeds in.  A month or so later, in mid-autumn, after a few light rains... 







wintersimons lentil crop

With a little luck, some farmer-care and  350 to 500mm rainfall a flower pops and from it a pod is born.








spring   lentil pod

Let them keep growing, tick tock...the seeds will fatten up inside the pods. Here's a never seem before shot from a lentil-cam - well not really, Im lying it has been seen before and we don't have a lentil- cam, but if we did we'd see a snap) of what's inside the pod. Bust one open and you'll find a fresh mature lentil. There are two seeds per pod so they never get lonely while growing up.



summer   dry ground crop w simon

The crop has hit about 40 cm height and the then the sun dries out the plant and the pods.







heading off   simon in tractor

Drive a big ass tractor through and head them off.







 ground storage    shed load lentils

The technical term here is "chuck 'em in a shed" and make your very own Lentil Mountain.











grading and sorting   big machine

Get a big machine and ask Yank Seeds to press the button.

Ok, there is a bit more to it than that ...




mad stuff in the machine   gravity screen

Blow chaff ( last years wheat crops, barley, oats...anything that the nitrogen-gifting lentils helped grow in the previous years crop rotation), run over screens (seperate any big foreign objects, weird stuff ends up in fields - sticks, tractor parts, UFO vistor junk food wrappers). Get on gravity table and seperate heavy items that wouldn't be lentils (pebblestone is the one we are looking to get out here, it's heavier and will vibrate to the edge of the table).







bag 'em up   ready for pactory

Machine clean and ready for our warehouse.















getting ready   Barkuma card

The nice people at Barkuma get their hands dirt(y) and pack all of our chickpeas, lentils and dried wakame. They’re like the elves at Christmas only better  ‘cause they work year-round and don’t sing carols.












some time next year retail natures


Happy retailer, Kate Allen - Nature's Providore (Malvern)