New Mount Mazama Lentil Chili

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A few weeks ago we introduced a brand new lentil soup to our line. Mount Mazama LentilChili is packedfull of Northwest lentils and flavor. Out of the package it is vegan, MSG free and has less than 10 ingredients. As will all of our soups you can make it specifically yours by adding fresh vegetables, spicy sausage or topping with your favorite cheese.

It is named after a pretty awesome volcano that used to be in Southern Oregon. Today Mount Mazama is still technically around but we know it as Crater Lake National Park now. Read the history below!

Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helen’s and the Columbia River Basalts are all obvious reminders of the Pacific Northwest’s turbulent history. Some of the region’s lesser known volcanoes, such as Mount Mazama, are just as breathtaking and even more awe-inspiring.

Mount Mazama was birthed four hundred thousand years ago during the Pleistocene by fire and lava. At its tallest point Mazama towered 12,000 feet over the Southern Oregon countryside, the same height as Mt. Adams today. In 5677 BC a huge explosion changed the face of Mount Mazama forever. The Cascades had not seen an eruption to this scale for over 1 million years and the world hasn’t seen anything that can compare since.

Mazama began its form altering eruption by sending a plume of ash and pyroclastic material 30 miles into the atmosphere. After Mazama released all of its ash, cracks formed along the outside of the volcano and lava flowed out freely. After the material below the volcano was ejected a large hollow spot formed and the volcano collapsed into itself forming a caldera. The caldera that formed filled up with water from thousands of years of snow and rain.

Mount Mazama still stands over Southern Oregon but is now known as Crater Lake National Park. At 1,943 feet deep Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the ninth deepest lake in the world. The National Park service fondly speaks of Crater Lake as having no comparison in all the world. “No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost 2,000 feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty.”

For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

As alway you can buy soup online at rillsonline.com

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