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Grande di Alta Murgia, Lathyrus sativus
 
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Grande di Alta Murgia, Lathyrus sativus (15 seeds) (JS233) $3.50
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Grande di Alta Murgia, Lathyrus sativus

         
 
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Horse lentils, That is what these magnificient pulses used to be called in the day. Once an important crop in Canada the Horse Lentil or Cicherchia is now an almost forgotten food source. This particular variety is grown in the mountainous regions of Basilicata in Southern Italy. The region around Murgia is famed for it's large sized Cicherchia. These are easily grown in temperate environments. They will do quite well in the central to more northern regions. They thrive on poor soil and are able to withstand some drought. Look up recipes on the web, there are tons of ideas how to eat them. We love them, but caution that it is ill advised to eat them as your sole source of food-- as if any one food should become that!-- this is because a disease known as Lathyrysm actually exists when people only consume this pulse as a major part of their total diet! Stranger than strange. In regular amounts-- an occasional dish they are superb!

 

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