ISO Puy Lentils
- jayt90 Apr 12, 2008 09:30 AM
I would like to be able to get these dark blue-green beauties east of Yonge St. I know the French version is pricey (the only lentils with their own AOC) but the same variety is grown in Saskatchewan. Any advice?
Two ways you can go. They are available packaged in the many high end shops in town, retailing for somewhere around 7$ per 500g. Many many places, such as Pusateri's, Whole Foods, Harvest Wagon etc.
Or, you can buy them in bulk for a small fraction of the cost. Either in the basement of St. Lawrence market, or many of the bulk vendors of Kensington.
Loblaws sells NuPak brand, Saskatchewan grown "French Dupuy Lentils". They are $0.99 for a 450g bag. The first time I saw these I was surprised at the price. The bag doesn't indicate where they are grown, so I phoned the Shah Trading Co (parent of NuPak) and a very helpful person in customer service confirmed these are Saskatchewan grown lentils.
I've never tried true Puy lentils, so I can't say how they compare. The NuPak Dupuy lentils are tiny and blue-green, and they made a great lentil salad. I'd definitely buy them again.
NuPak is a widely available brand, but my local Loblaw doesn't have this type of lentil. I'm encouraged, however, and I'll keep looking, or contact Shah, for a location. If Pete sells them, they must be good!
Apparently Saskatchewan has ideal lentil growing conditions, cool spring and early fall, similar to Le Puy AOC, without the mountains!