“Puy green lentils have been grown for 2,000 years on the volcanic plains of Velay at 700 m – 1000 m altitude. It has a unique delicate flavour. Its skin is thinner and its centre is less floury than other lentils, which means it can be cooked faster. The appellation area has its own unique micro-climate with long, hard winters and springs. The lentil is a Mediterranean plant, so it is affected by the cold temperatures at the start of its growth cycle. It then ripens when the weather conditions become warmer, like the hot, dry and sunny Mediterranean weather it is used to. The Velay soil has enough nutrients to cover all the lentil’s needs, so it can be grown without using any fertilisers. This crop has been skillfully grown by generations of lentil producers.”
Mr. Trescarte, green Puy Lentil collector.