Originally an Asian plant, lentils have been cultivated for more than 10,000 years.
Archaeologists have found traces of lentils in Neolithic sites and they were undoubtedly one of the first plants to be cultivated, even before wheat. Paintings and engravings depicting lentils have also been found in the temples and tombs of Pharaohs.
Lentils were widespread in countries around the Mediterranean. Little by little, they found their way across France some 2,000 years ago.
And we still eat a lot of lentils to this day; 90,000 tonnes are consumed every year in France, but only 22,500 tonnes are produced here. Imports from Turkey, China, Canada and even Australia make up the shortfall.