Du Puy Lentils
Does anyone know where I can buy du Puy lentils in the area? They have French green lentils at my local Whole Foods but I'd like to buy lentils that are labeled "du Puy."
i found them recently in "grape Juice" on lee highway in arlington. i discovered (too late) they were past the sell by date though - still good however
I have seen them at Dean and Deluca in Georgetown. Not sure how they are labeled. Lentils from the Auvergne region of France are usually called 'Puy lentils.' (pronounced: Pwee) Le Puy is the name of the town in Auvergne near where they are grown, and Les Puys are the volcanic mountains.
Rodman's (in upper NW at the corner of Wisconsin & Garrison) has them in a box labeled as you wish. However, the ones sold at Whole Foods are exactly the same lentils from le Puy area of central France. For anyone reading this who isn't familiar with this variety of lentil, they are different from other lentils in that they remain individual when cooked, rather than turn into mush like virtually all other lentils I'm familiar with. For that reason, they are good for making cold lentil salads, though they're great in warm dishes and in soups, as well.
La Cuisine on Cameron St. in Alexandria sells real Le Puy (as the website calls them) lentils--more expensive than Whole Foods, but much better, too. Seehttp://lacuisineus.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=104_136_205&sort=2a&page=4.