Popularity of healthy French pulses is racing

Lentils were one of the earliest domesticated crops but now those from Puy enjoy a prestigious AOP

Health-giving and versatile, lentils are increasingly popular in France. The Connexion talks to a Puy producer

The production of lentils has doubled in France over the past three years, reflecting an increase in the numbers of vegetarians and vegans.

This is allied to advice from public bodies at national and international level that we should all eat less meat and more pulses if the world is going to be able to feed its ever growing population in future.

The famous Puy lentils, grown around Puy-en-Velay, Haute Loire, also got a boost in sales two years ago after a newspaper article revealed it was a regular on the menu at Prince George’s private school.

However, lentils are not easy to grow according to Franck Rocher, President of the Association Nationale Interprofessionnelle des Légumes Secs, ANILS, and he thinks it will be difficult to produce more than present levels, without increased funding into research and development to help farmers find improved growing methods.

Lentils were one of the earliest domesticated crops.

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