An old mid-season variety with a small rounded seed and a tan seed coat that has often attracted a premium price. Northfield is R to foliar and seed infection by ascochyta blight but it is S to botrytis grey mould. It is better adapted to the Wimmera than the Mallee region.
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.