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Where can I buy black lentils aka Beluga lentils?

pink dress Nov 15, 2010 10:31 AM

I just had black lentils for the first time at Woodward and they were so delicious I was blown away and now I'd love to make them at home. I went to Whole Foods but didn't find them. Where have you found black lentils in Boston?

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    FoodDabbler RE: pink dress Nov 15, 2010 10:55 AM

    Indian groceries are likely to have them. Christina's has had them in the past as has Trader Joe. You can mail-order them from many sources (just Google).

    1. PinchOfSalt RE: pink dress Nov 15, 2010 01:13 PM

      I have seen them at the Fresh Pond WF. (You did not say which store you had tried.) Give them a call in advance of going there, just to be sure.

      Another place to call, and not far from FP, is Formaggio. It is a few minutes from the Fresh Pond WF, on Huron Avenue. I would be shocked if neither of those stores had what you want.

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        FoodDabbler RE: PinchOfSalt Nov 15, 2010 02:42 PM

        Formaggio packs a lot (an incredible amount, really) into a small space, but their lentil collection is not extensive. They almost always have lentil du puy, but don't always have other kinds. Still, you're right, they're worth calling.

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          okra RE: FoodDabbler Nov 16, 2010 05:10 AM

          I would give Arax and Sevan a call...

          Sevan Bakery
          599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

          Arax Market
          585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      2. bagelman01 RE: pink dress Nov 16, 2010 11:51 AM

        Trader Joe's carries black Beluga lentils in a poly bag, but they are often sold out.

        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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          Madrid RE: bagelman01 Nov 16, 2010 02:29 PM

          I think I got some at TJ's a few years ago. Didn't look much at the bag beyond admiring how beautiful they looked and threw them into my large legume drawer collection. then a year later...can't remember how long exactly, saw mold growing all through them and finally noticed they were precooked and had an expiration date.....

        2. gabreality RE: pink dress Nov 16, 2010 01:17 PM

          Christina's spice shop in Inman Sq. always has them when I go.

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            pink dress RE: pink dress Nov 17, 2010 10:44 AM

            Thanks for the tips - I know where to go this weekend.

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