Du Puy Lentils hold their shape during cooking and have a firm bite with a mildly peppery flavour. They are the only lentil to hold a Protected Designation of Origin, meaning they are cultivated in Le Puy, France. Du Puy green lentil has been cultivated in France from Gallo-Roman times, where it is protected with an AOC designation. ‘Le Puy’ green puy lentils AOP, also known as ‘the caviar of the poor’, are beloved of professional chefs all over the world. Puy lentils have delicate skin, a firm texture and an earthy, nutty flavour that works well with both intensely savoury and slightly sweet flavours. Puy lentils keep their shape, even when simmered for a long time, so they’re ideal for salads as well as adding body to soups and stews.
The green puy lentils AOP are cultivated in Haute-Loire, Auvergne, in France. Auvergne-born chef, Regis Marcon, began promoting these lentils to the world in the early 1990s. In 1996, puy lentils from the Haute-Loire became the first vegetable to receive the AOC/AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) designation. Regis Marcon still uses the lentils in his restaurant today, which has held 3 Michelin stars since 2005.
Serve Du Puy Lentils with roasted cod and vegetables. Shallots, red onion, fennel, tomatoes and garlic are particularly good partners for the lentils. Make a rustic, hearty dinner by stirring wilted spinach and torn pieces of mozzarella through cooked green lentils, and serve with herbed sausages like Toulouse or Cumberland.
To cook the lentils, first rinse them under running water to get rid of any grittiness. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. A ratio of 1 : 2.5 lentils to water is best. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium-low heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until tender. For extra flavour, simmer the green lentils in your favourite stock.
Storage: For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight. Store in a tightly sealed container. Please note, our packaging is biodegrable, and is not suitable for long term storage. We suggest you transfer your products to a sealed container upon receipt.
Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.