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French lentils are a variety of green lentils. What sets them apart from standard green lentils is their slightly darker hue and smaller size — they’re about one third the size of standard green lentils. They are special because they hold their shape extremely well — better than pretty much any other type of lentils — so they are the ideal contender for salads as well as light soups, when you’d rather the lentils in the pot not turn to mush. Their flavor is also slightly different than other types; it’s a bit nutty and peppery, with a slight mineral-like, earthy flavor.
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