Though lentils (Lens culinaris) are a traditional crop in many temperate European countries, the crop disappeared from European cropping systems in the mid-20th century. Lentils are still an important food in traditional and modern cuisine, and they currently gain in importance trough the demand for vegetarian and vegan food. The revival of lentil growing and lentil consumption in parts of Germany for the last 10 years is an unprecedented story of success. We want to use this experience to push the re-introduction and expansion of lentil in modern farming all over
Europe, particularly in those countries from where the crop has disappeared in the last decades. We seek to multiply the lentil acreage, to increase and stabilize yields, and to network European lentil growers.
More information: Blog post "The farmer and the lentil"
Case Study Poster presented at the TRUE C-LIN Workshop 11/2017
Type of legumes: Lentil
Type of farming system: Mixed, conventional, organic
Case Study Leader: University of Hohenheim, Germany
Contact person: Sabine Gruber, University of Hohenheim, Department of Agronomy, Fruwirthstraße 23, 70593
TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe (TRUE) has received funding from the
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727973