It is similar to Northfield in many characteristics, including relatively short height and seed shape, but it has a grey seed coat. It is best adapted to the Wimmera where disease is more common. R to ascochyta blight and botrytis grey mould. Nipper is also R to the exotic disease Fusarium wilt, has improved salinity tolerance and generally lodges less than other varieties. Nipper is well established in markets, and has attracted a premium price in some years.
Lentil is mostly used for human consumption but tend to have poor protein quality as they are low both in sulphur amino acids and tryptophan. The protein is, however, highly digestible. They are lower in fat than chickpea and are a good source of iron. Lentils have a shorter cooking time than other pulses.