CHAP. 31.—LENTILS. PEASE.
Among the leguminous plants the lentil is sown in the
month of November, and the pea,1
among the Greeks. The
lentil thrives best in a soil that is rather thin than rich, and
mostly stands in need of dry weather. There are two kinds
of lentil grown in Egypt; one of which is rounder and blacker
than the other, which has a peculiar shape of its own. The
name of this plant has been applied to various uses, and
among others has given origin to our word "lenticula."2
find it stated in some authors that a lentil diet is productive of
evenness of temper. The pea requires to be sown in a warm,
sunny spot, and is ill able to endure cold; hence in Italy and
the more rigorous climates, it is sown in the spring only, a light,
loose soil being chosen for the purpose.