Lentils are one of the world’s oldest legumes or pulses. Pulses are powerhouses of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and include peas, beans and lentils.
Both split peas and lentils are from the legume family they, like beans, come from a different variety of legume. Split peas are grown specifically for drying and they split naturally when dried and lentils are the seed of a plant that is dried.
Lentils belong to the pulse or legume family, like peas and beans, but they are actually seeds. The biggest advantage of lentils versus beans is the fact that they don’t require soaking and they are best cooked in flavoured water or within a recipe for a soup or stew.