Lofthouse Landrace Lentils
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Landrace/Breeding material
Seeds per packet: ~85
Germination tested 12/2019: 86%
Life cycle: Annual
Another gem from Joseph Lofthouse, Landrace Seedsman, in high-altitude Paradise, Utah. Like all of Joseph's seeds, these are super resilient and contain a great diversity of genes. Joseph calls this a "winter hardy selection" of culinary lentils — which is saying something, because winters in Utah are long and cold. He recommends planting these in the fall or very early in spring. Lentils are easy-to-grow legumes that are a staple food for many people around the world. Because of their small seed size, lentils are a very quick cooking bean — meaning they can be cooked with minimal carbon emissions. Lentils are also great for growing in rotation with other staple crops like grains because of their ability to fix nitrogen. Fun fact: the word "lens" (as in "a glass disc to regulate light rays") comes directly from the Latin name for lentils, because of the similarty in shape.
As you can see from the photo, this is as diverse a population of lentils as you'll find. That's the Joseph Lofthouse method — grow as much diversity as possible and save only what survives and thrives — and it's finding more and more appreciation in the seed world as the climate warms and weather gets more unpredictable. If you're interested in breeding your own lentils, a packet of these seeds is all you need to get started.
We're honored and grateful to be the near-exclusive source of Joseph's amazing seeds — freeing him up to do more farming, plant breeding, pickling, yoga, and loving. We know you will enjoy planting these extraordinary seeds. Thanks Joseph!
GROWING TIPS: Plant in late fall, or very early spring. Plant about 1" apart in rows 12" apart. Sprawling plants