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Volume of lentils produced worldwide 2017, by country

The majority of the world’s lentils are grown in Canada. In 2017, Canada produced some 3.73 million metric tons of lentils. The United States came in fourth place with around 339 thousand metric tons of lentils in that year. Lentils are part of the food category known as „pulses“, which include beans, peas, and chickpeas.

Lentils in Canada

In 2018, about 1.5 million hectares of lentils were harvested in Canada. This is a decrease from the previous year, during which 1.77 million hectares were harvested. Canada exported about 1.7 million metric tons of lentils in the 2018/2019 crop year, and is expected to export an even higher volume in the next year.

Lentil consumption in the United States

Lentils are a popular source of protein all across the world. They are commonly found in curries and soups, and can be consumed in a variety of different forms. In the United States, lentils were the second best selling type of pulses behind black beans. A survey of U.S. consumers found that some Americans consider legumes, such as lentils, their primary protein source.

Production volume of lentils worldwide in 2017, by country

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March 2019



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