FACTS ABOUT LENTILS: HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Lentils are a high-protein, high-fiber member of the legume family. Like a mini version of a bean, lentils grow in pods and come in red, brown, black, and green varieties. They are relatively quick and easy to prepare compared with dried beans, and their low cost makes them an accessible form of high-quality protein for many people around the world. Here are some key points about lentils. More detail is in the main article.
- Lentils are an excellent natural source of folate and manganese.
- They are an economical source of protein.
- Evidence suggests they protect heart health.
- Lentils are an easy-to-prepare, versatile, and nutritious ingredient.
FACTS ABOUT ETHIOPIAN COFFEE
Ethiopia is considered to be the birthplace of the coffee plant and of coffee culture. Legend tells that coffee was discovered in one of Ethiopian regions called “Keffa”, which might possibly lend its name to Coffee Ethiopian homage to coffee is always beautifully ceremonial. The coffee will be roasted and its rich and nutty smell keeps mingling with the heady aroma of frankincense and myrrh that is always burned during the ceremony. Once ground, the coffee will be mixed with spices and pour it into an ornate clay pot known as “Jebena”. This beautiful device is not only pleasing to the eye, but is also quite functional. Its structure allows the grinds to settle on the bottom while brewing. When it is ready, it will be served in tiny cups called “Cini”.
Coffee, or Bunna, is taken with sugar (or in the countryside, salt), optionally with milk. By the way, in most parts of Ethiopia, the coffee ceremony takes place three times a day – in the morning, at noon and in the evening. It is the main social event within the village – a time to discuss the community, politics, and life in general.