Nugget is a mid-season variety with a medium size seed and a grey seed coat. It has been the benchmark for lentil production and marketing but is gradually being superseded. It is MR to foliar infection by ascochyta blight but MS to seed infection. Nugget is MR to botrytis grey mould.
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.