If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then authentic Lentils du Puy are a very admired legume. French authorities realized this and so bestowed AOP status to the true green lentils of Le Puy-en-Velay, France. But this hasn't stopped imitators the world over from cranking out a product that looks quite similar . . . buyer, beware!
Authentic, slate-green Puy lentils are grown in the volcanic, mineral-rich soil of the Auvergne region in southern central France. They are packed with heart-healthy iron, potassium, calcium, folate and magnesium (to name just a few), and are also chock-full of fiber and lean protein, which release a slow-burning energy that keeps you going all day long.
Their taste and texture set them apart too; they hold their shape beautifully after cooking and their nutty, earthy, vegetal flavor really bursts in the mouth. Use these French green lentils in both hot and cold preparations—add to hearty soups, toss into salads or try our recipe for Lentil Ragù with Poached Eggs, Chilies & Mint .