In case you've never seen a lentil, it's a tiny, greenish-brown, ochre, or red disk. The Palouse area is officially the Lentil Capital of the World. Since I've lived here, lentil growers have organized The National Lentil Festival, which takes place August 17-18, in downtown Pullman, which is also the home of Washington State University.
The Lentil Festival is quite a big deal. On Friday night, you can sample lentil chili that was made in an enormous vat that gets hauled down to Main Street and plunked down in the middle of it. There's a street fair that runs through Friday and Saturday, as well as a whole bunch of other activities.
More information on the National Lentil Festival.
Lentil recipes abound. I have recipes for lentil soups, lentil chilis, lentil tacos. But the lentil-walnut patties, above, are my favorite. They must've been the original "veggie burger," as I recall first running across the recipe way back when I was studying dietetics at WSU in the dark ages.
Click here for lentil-walnut burger recipe.