Le Puy green lentil
The Le Puy green lentil is a small, slate-gray lentil cultivated from the Lens esculenta puyensis variety.
The term Le Puy green lentil is protected throughout the European Union according to its Protected Designation of Origin and in France as an AOC. In the European Union, the term may be used to designate only lentils that come from Le Puy (most notably in the commune of Le Puy-en-Velay) in the Auvergne region of France. These lentils have been grown in the region for over 2,000 years. They are claimed to have gastronomic qualities that come from the terroir, in this case attributed to the area's volcanic soil, and are praised for their unique peppery flavor and ability to retain their shape after cooking.
- Clarkson, Janet (2013). Food History Almanac: Over 1,300 Years of World Culinary History, Culture, and Social Influence (Google eBook). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 66.
- "Regions of France | Auvergne Region of France - Food & Gastronomy - Puy Lentis". www.regions-of-france.com. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
- "BBC - Food - Puy lentils recipes". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
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