Canadian food DYK: Saskatchewan is the largest exporter of lentils

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Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of pulses, the edible dried seeds of legume crops (dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and dried peas), making up 35 per cent of the global pulse business. This includes 95 per cent of the world’s lentil production, shipping to more than 150 countries each year.

Saskatchewan is leading the charge, producing 99 per cent of the Canadian chickpea crop and 95 per cent of Canada’s lentils. In fact, the province is aptly named “Canada’s Bread Basket”, as their soil is among the richest in the world and makes up for 46.8 per cent of farmland in Canada.


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Lentils are one of the oldest cultivated crops on earth, meaning they’ve been a culinary staple in cultures around the world for thousands of years. India, China, Turkey, Bangladesh and the United States import the most pulses from Canada’s flattest province.