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Where do I find French green lentils?

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Individual Nov 14, 2011 01:54 PM

I found a recipe that calls for them. However, I find only green lentils at Trader Joe's and Market Basket.

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

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    emannths Nov 14, 2011 02:02 PM

    Bulk bins at the Harvest Coop. Good price too, iirc.

    If you want DOP du Puy ones, I'd look for them at Formaggio Kitchen and expect to pay a pretty penny.

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    Formaggio Kitchen
    244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Harvest Co-op
    581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: emannths
      StriperGuy Nov 14, 2011 05:19 PM

      I love Harvest's bulk stuff. Assume "DOP" is some certified region of origin, etc. I'm more familiar with the Spanish version...

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        emannths Nov 15, 2011 05:27 AM

        Yeah, you can get certified ones from Puy for some ungodly price like $8-10/lb. If you're not into the terroir of you dried legumes, it's probably wise to pass...

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      lergnom Nov 14, 2011 02:17 PM

      Whole Foods bulk.

      1. StriperGuy Nov 14, 2011 05:18 PM

        Or Sophia's in Belmont for super cheap at $1.79 a pound. My SO just bought some 2 nights ago when I had an itch to make lentil soup. They also had the foofier branded product for more $, but these were obviously bagged by the store and gorgeous.

        (These are the same plump, tiny, French green lentils that Formaggio probably charges a ton for. Some one will probably chime in now saying that unless it's in the box and bought for the price of a decent bottle of burgundy then it ain't worth buying.)

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          galleygirl Nov 15, 2011 06:37 AM

          And, of course, at Arax Market, also bulk, also cheap....
          FWIW, I like these for salads and dishes where the lentils need to hold their shape, but I prefer the more prosaic generic lentils for soup, cuz they get mushier... ;)

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          Arax Market
          585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

          1. re: galleygirl
            StriperGuy Nov 15, 2011 07:14 AM

            Ahhh, I used my stick blender to puree about 1/3 of my soup so got that effect regardless.

        2. paulj Nov 14, 2011 05:22 PM

          What sort of recipe? While I like du Puy lentils, I wonder whether they are essential. TJ's does have little black (beluga) lentils (precooked), which may work in some recipes (especially salad like ones).

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            StriperGuy Nov 15, 2011 07:15 AM

            Pre-cooked lentils ick.

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            stomachofsteel Nov 15, 2011 04:42 AM

            Russo's sells local French green lentils from Baer's Best in So. Hamilton.

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              mvi Nov 15, 2011 04:56 PM

              I just got some this evening at Christina's on Cambridge Street near Inman Square. Loaded up on lots of spices, too, of course.

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