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Those Elusive French Lentils - Where In SoCal?

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Nearly every lentil recipe I've tried has called for French lentils as opposed to the more conventional kind you can find in most grocery stores. I checked our local farmer's market, Trader Joe's and even Gelson's. Nothing doing. The times I've had French lentils have all been when traveling out of the country. They are green, as opposed to copper or golden colored, and have a little more herbacious taste (although, frankly, substituting conventional lentils didn't leave us feeling deprived on those recipes). Can anyone give me a tip on where to find French lentils around town? Thanks in advance.

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  1. I know I've bought them at Whole Foods a number of times. I also have some I bought bulk at the store connected to Nature Mart in Los Feliz. I feel like I might have seen them at the Silver Lake Gelson's also, but I could be wrong. French green lentils might also be labled as lentils de Puy.

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    1. re: L nrs

      I think they are in the bulk items at whole foods. as I remember they were pretty expensive.

    2. Monsieur Marcel at the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax carries them. You should call before you go to make sure they have them in stock.

      1. french market in venice always has them

        1. I've seen them at Surfas in Culver City.

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            1. Every Bristol Farms has both the French Green Lentils and the Beluga Lentils (smaller, black, better for salads) packaged by Zurson in the dried bean section. Some Whole Foods should have one of those two varieties, both of which are far better than the tastless mush common brown lentils.

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              1. re: DonnyMac

                Fantastic! Thank you so much for your replies and the link. There is a Whole Foods and Bristol Farms a few miles from here (saves me the gas for driving into L.A.).