French Green Lentils
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Originally grown only in Puy, France, the French Green Lentil can now be found cultivated in Italy and North America. They are a French bistro favorite and are celebrated for their distinct peppery, earthy flavor and high nutritional value. They are loaded with fiber and protein and are often enjoyed as an accompaniment to meat dishes. Traditional vegetarian cuisines pair lentils with rice, forming a low-fat, complete source of protein that is a fantastic addition to today’s heart-healthy diet.
French Green Lentils are small and have a peppery flavor. They retain their shape well after cooking and their firm texture make them a great addition to salads, soups, and side dishes.
Basic Cooking Instructions:
Sort and rinse the blend before use. Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of lentils to a boil and allow the lentils to boil for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt. Cover saucepan and cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Yields 2 cups.
Store in an airtight container. Store in a dark, dry, cool place for up to 2 years.
They are naturally gluten-free.
French Green Lentils are high in protein. When paired with rice, lentils provide a complete vegetarian source of protein.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a vegetarian-based diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by contributing to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower weight.
French Green Lentils are good sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. A high fiber diet has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve digestion, help to lower blood sugar levels, and contribute to healthy weight.
French Green Lentils are an excellent source of Iron, providing 40% of your recommended daily allowance. Iron is used to make blood and to move oxygen around your body, giving you energy.
The shape of an optical lens resembles the shape of a lentil. Its name was borrowed from the Latin word for lentil, “lens”.
Humans have been consuming lentils for thousands of years, though French Green Lentils are relatively new on the scene, only showing up in France around 2000 years ago.
French Green Lentils are sometimes referred to as the “Pearls of Central France”.
Pullman, WA hosts a National Lentil Festival each year, even crowning a King and Queen! Along with Northern Idaho, this part of Eastern Washington grows ¼ of all US lentils. That’s a lot of lentils!