French or Puy lentils are a variety of green lentil that has been cultivated for over 2,000 years and was originally grown in the mineral-rich volcanic soil of Le Puy in Francebs Auvergne region. An affordable gourmet treat, they're tiny and dark green with a peppery flavour. Grainworks Organic French Green Lentils hold their shape very well when cooked, and can be used as other lentils. About French Green Lentils French lentils have a pleasing, earthy flavour with a slightly peppery taste that hints at the minerals within. They hold their shape very well even if overcooked, where brown and red lentils will usually fall apart; this makes them perfect for salads. French Green Lentils contain ample beneficial soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Lentils are also one of the world's most important protein sources, with about 30% of calories from protein. In fact, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp. In addition to fiber and vegan protein, lentils contain B vitamins, folic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, essential amino acids and trace minerals and antioxidants. Tasty Tips and Storage Petit SalC) aux Lentilles (lentils with salt meat, sausages and bay leaves) is a traditional French lentil dish. Also enjoy these tasty treats in salads, casseroles and more. French Green Lentils do take a bit longer to cook than other lentils. Unlike dried beans there is no need to soak lentils, they should be rinsed and sorted to remove stones and other debris and then can go right into the pot. Basic cooking instructions: Pick over lentils to remove any dirt, rinse them and drain. Cover 1 cup of Grainworks Organic French Green Lentils with 2-1/2 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes or until tender.