Lentils are an ancient crop that has been grown since the Stone Age. Canada is the world's third largest producer and second largest exporter of lentils. About 80% of Canadian lentils are grown in Saskatchewan. Several niche lentils have been developed - French greens, Spanish browns, red cotyledons Lentils have excellent nutritional quality. Canadian-grown lentils have an average protein content of 29%. The seeds are used as human food and the whole plant as feed. In North America most lentils are used in soups and stews. Cooking quality is a foremost quality criterion. All lentil varieties currently grown in Western Canada target the human consumption markets. Canada has primarily been a green lentil producer and our traditional lentil destinations into Europe and Middle East.