Lentils (Including French Lentils)

Where to buy it, how to use it, and more!

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Lentils are a legume with a mild, earthy flavor. The legume family (also called pulses) includes beans, chickpeas, peas, peanuts, and lentils.

Different Varieties of Lentils

There are several varieties of lentils including brown lentils, red lentils, yellow lentils, green lentils, black beluga lentils, Puy lentils, and French lentils.

The variety of lentils are generally not interchangeable in recipes as they each have very unique characteristics. A recipe that calls for “lentils” without any other descriptor is most likely telling you to use brown lentils.

Brown lentils are the most common variety of lentils.

In the grocery store, you can find lentils in their dry form (usually in bags) or canned.

What are French Lentils?

French lentils are a type of lentils that are darker in color, smaller in size, and less starchy than regular lentils. The texture of French lentils is less mushy and they keep their pretty round shape after cooking – which makes them a perfect addition to healthy salads.

The slightly nutty and peppery flavor of French lentils also sets them apart from other types of lentils.

Where to buy lentils

Lentils can be found in just about any grocery store. The come either dried or canned.

Where to buy French lentils

We like these French lentils from Azure Standard.

Are lentils a healthy food?

Lentils are a super healthy food! They are a good source of folate, iron, protein, and fiber.

Eating lentils can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

How do you use lentils?

Lentils should always be cooked before eating. These legumes cook much more quickly than dried beans and do not have to be soaked before cooking. Cooked lentils are great in soups, salads, and casseroles.

Recipes that use lentils

Recipes that use French lentils

How to store lentils

Dry lentils should be stored in a cool, dry place.