Scientist aims to boost diminutive crop

PULLMAN, Wash. - It’s harvest season and the Palouse is a patchwork of amber and bronze. Quick, before it’s gone - look closely and you’ll see an understated wonder of our landscape.
 
Lentils.
 
The Palouse pumps out more than a million pounds of them annually, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
And though our so-called "Lentil Capital of the World” celebrates this tiny, lens-shaped legume each August with a national festival and bike race, far more people consume it overseas than here in the United States. In fact, 75 percent of the crop grown in this region is exported to lentil-loving places such as Spain, India, Italy and Mexico.
 


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