Organic Petite Crimson Lentils are petite, delicate, quick cooking, and slightly sweet to the taste. Thought to have originated in Turkey, they have been the foundation of Near Eastern cuisine ever since. The biblical story of Jacob and his brother Esau, revolves around the bartering of Esau’s birthright as oldest son for a simple bowl of lentil stew (Genesis 29-34). It was described as a “red stew” and is assumed to be a thick soup made of red lentils. Petite Crimsons cook in 5 to 10 minutes, transforming into golden pearls when completely done. Great for Indian masoor dal recipes, pureed soups, and ready-in-minutes side dishes. Blend them in as a colorful and healthy addition to cooked rice, or add them to pasta sauce for a meatless Italian meal.