Puy Lentils (PDO)
PDO green Puy lentils owe their reputation to their exceptional flavor, which is a direct product of the Velay region where they are grown. This delicious plant protein is a favorite among vegans and vegetarians.
What you need to know
Located 2,500 to 3,300 feet above sea level, the high plains of Velay in Auvergne receive little rain and abundant sun in the summer. This microclimate is especially well suited to lentils and helps the crop ripen faster. Even more than the variety itself, it is the special characteristics of this region that create the exceptional qualities of Auvergne's lentils.
The lentil is one of the very first plants farmed by humans. Evidence of its cultivation in the Puy-en-Velay region dates back to ancient times. Sown in April and harvested in September, Puy lentils are grown without fertilizers or supplemental watering in accordance with traditional methods, and only a very limited number of chemical treatments are applied to the plants. The lentils are then carefully sorted and packaged in the same region.
When paired with a grain and vegetables, this protein-rich food makes up a complete and balanced meal. As a plant-based "steak," lentils are a great addition to a vegetarian diet.
This particular type of lentil is very easy to spot in the store. Look for "Green Puy lentils" next to the PDO logo or label.
Rich in protein, minerals, and slow-release carbohydrates.
Savory dishes: pork, veal, and cooked seasonal vegetables.
Wine: red wines produced in Brouilly or Crozes-Hermitage.