Lentilles du Puy, also called "Lentilles Vertes", are small greenish lentils. The Puy lentil holds its shape well when cooked, gives a firm bite and has a more refined flavor than the common lentil. It's appearance and taste is rather elegant, hence its popularity with chefs around the world has grown.
Puy Lentils, which enjoy their own A.O.C. appellation, are produced around Le Puy en Velay in the Auvergne, 110km west of Valence. The
They are high in cholesterol-lowering fiber (which also helps to stabilize blood sugar) and have one of the highest amounts of protein after soybeans.
Puy Lentils are much easier to digest than common lentils and lead to no embarrassing side-effects (flatulence).