how to make a dirt(y) lentil
First rains mean it's time to pop the seeds in. A month or so later, in mid-autumn, after a few light rains...
With a little luck, some farmer-care and 350 to 500 mm rainfall a flower pops and from it a pod is born.
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 opne and you'll find a fresh mature lentil. There are two seeds per pod so they never get lonely while growing up.
The crop has hit about 40 cm height and the then the sun dries out the plant and the pods.
Drive a big ass tractor through and head them off.
The technical term here is "chuck 'em in a shed."
grading and sorting
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
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
Machine clean and ready for our warehouse.
We know you love lentils but probably can't chow down a 25 kg bag (that's for the chefs who cook dirt(y)) so here they are in "pants terror" (the hard working delivery van - believe me with 800 kg of lentils on board weaving through the Adelaide Hills the name IS apppropriate) on their way to Kris Lloyd at Woodside Cheese Wrights (our distributor) so she can ship 'em to the shops.
some time in autumn the next year ....read(y)!
Kate Allen - Nature's Providore (Malvern)