Differences in lentils?

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  1. phoebe

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    I just followed a lentil soup recipe from Epicurious that called for French green lentils. One of the comments that followed urged users to be sure to use the French green ones because they really make a difference. Do they? I don't make lentil soup that often, so I'm no judge, but the green ones were a lot more expensive than the regular old brown ones. What do you folks think?
     
  2. peachcreek

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    There is a big difference in lentils. I use green, brown, red, white and black lentils and they all cook up differently. French green lentils are small with a delicate skin and a smooth texture. In my soups they retain their shape even after being cooked.
     
  3. cape chef

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    Phoebe,

    The deal with the Green Lentils from France (Le Puy) is they are cultivated with no fertilizers,are very consistent in size,keep a better texture when cooked and even have the AOC Label(appelation d'origine controlee)which guarentees quality and origin.

    For soups i'm very happy with brown lentils,but when i'm using lentils as a main attraction I use le puy.
     
  4. pete

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    My standard guideline is: if I want the lentils for a soup or other dish were they are to be falling apart I use brown. If I want the lentils to retain their shape then I use other varities, such as the french green lentils.
     
  5. phoebe

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    Thank you! This is very helpful. And it's true; they didn't fall apart and even retained a little bite. But that isn't crucial to me with soup.
     
  6. mike

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    Puy lentils are often served instead of a potato accompanyment.They are great with duck and lamb .cook like risotto with lots of garlic herbs & shallots.
     
  7. markovitch

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    a friend of mine from philly keeps telling me to find beluga lentils. i've never been able to find them in portland. has anyone used them? he says they are above and beyond all other lentils.

    any opinions?
     
  8. mike

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    Markovitch

    Beluga lentils are easily available here & look great on a plate with fish because of their black caviar like colour & texture.
     
  9. peachcreek

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