Berry Lentils or lentilles vertes du Berry are a type of European green lentil, but with a smidgeon of snob appeal, because they have geographical protection (Protected Geographical Indicator).
- Cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30-45 minutes until cooked, or about an hour to be mushy. They do not need to be presoaked and do not add salt until the end of the cook.
There are also precooked Berry lentils that include other flavourings, e.g. Merchant Gourmet's Lentil du Berry, Porcini and Thyme.
Lentils last for a good length of time, but do toughen with age, so buy in smallish quantities. Store somewhere dark and cool, and free from potential insect contamination.
- Christian, G. (2005) Real Flavours: the handbook of gourmet & deli ingredients, Grub Street. ISBN 1904943209.