How a Little Prince is Lifting the Sales of…Lentils

Sales of French Puy lentils are on the rise, and farmers of the hearty legume have a certain royal tot to thank for their recent success.

Since the Daily Mailreported on September 6 that the four-year-old Prince George of England’s new primary school would feature a menu that served “smoked mackerel on a bed of Puy lentils,” farmers of the food have been overwhelmed by an uptick of attention paid to their crop. Puy lentils, green lentils renowned for their delicate peppery flavor, are sourced from the Puy-en-Valey in Central France. Local producers and distributors have seen nothing short of a frenzy as calls pour in from restaurants and specialty food stores across England and parts of France; they’re eager to get their hands on the seed during this moment of increased interest.

As is expected when you’re the child of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George’s first week of school at Thomas’s Preparatory School in Battersea was met with much fanfare. Images of his school uniform circulated the internet, and if the reaction to the possibility of his consuming lentils doesn’t speak to his formidable influence, then what can?

Do you feel a fondness for the royal family, a longing for lentils? If all this talk of gourmet cafeteria food has left you feeling hungry inspired, then surf some of our best lentil recipes below and get in on the craze.

A Lentil for Every and Any Occasion
A Lentil for Every and Any Occasion
by Caroline Lange
How to Make Lentil Soup Without a Recipe
How to Make Lentil Soup Without a Recipe
by WeeklyGreens
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
by Alexandra Stafford
Your Cooking Rut Ends With This $9 Lentil-Sausage Stew
Your Cooking Rut Ends With This $9 Lentil-Sausage Stew
by Leanne Brown
What 6 Food Writers Did With the Same Fill-in-the-Blank Soup Recipe
What 6 Food Writers Did With the Same Fill-in-the-Blank S…
by Sarah Jampel
Bengali Orange Lentils with Cilantro and Tomatoes
Bengali Orange Lentils with Cilantro and Tomatoes
by Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice C…
Roasted Pork Chops with Apples & Lentils
Roasted Pork Chops with Apples & Lentils
by Sara Jenkins
A Humble but Mighty Lentil Bolognese
A Humble but Mighty Lentil Bolognese
by Gena Hamshaw
French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese
French Lentil and Arugula Salad with Herbed Cashew Cheese
by Gena Hamshaw
French Lentil, Kamut, and Avocado Salad with Basil Dressing
French Lentil, Kamut, and Avocado Salad with Basil Dressing
by Petit World Citizen
Tofu, Aubergine, and Beluga Lentils with Pomegranate Molasses
Tofu, Aubergine, and Beluga Lentils with Pomegranate Mola…
by morning glory
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
by Gena Hamshaw

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