Taste specialty foods, lentils, black beluga, 10-pound bag are the premium of their sort.
- The name Black Beluga lentil refers to its similarity in appearance to caviar when it is cooked
- Very small and grey it is popular in continetal french and american cooking
I’m sorry to see these lentils have disappeared from Amazon only a few days after I purchased a 10lb bag. The seller, Taste Specialty, is a wholesale only distributor based out of Las Vegas (according to their website) and appears to cater to restaurants, particularly those that are higher-end. At 3 dollrs a lb., the price was right for Beluga lentils, and when I purchased them via Amazon, the shipping was free for Amazon Prime members. The day the lentils arrived, I made my signature red wine lentils (using 1 cup Beluga lentils from this purchase and 1 cup of the French Green lentils I also purchased the same day on Amazon, but sold by Bob’s Red Mill). The dish was excellent, and the lentils were tasty and fresh. There is a small amount of chaff that sticks to the inside of the plastic bag, but there were surprising few culls/bad lentils. Because it is a bulk purchase, the plastic bag was not marked, but the box the bag ships in does have the Taste Specialty Foods logo and nutrition information: serving size 32 grams (1/4 cup); calories 170 (5 from fat); carbs 30 grams; fiber 9 grams; protein 13 grams – and best of all, one serving has 20% of the RDA for Iron. Lentils are a great dish for a pregnant woman looking for extra iron in her diet. My only complaint is the box/package does not contain an expiration date; regardless, the Black Beluga Lentils are dried, so they should last nearly forever in an airtight jar away from sunlight. Recommended, and I hope they come back into stock (with continued free shipping) soon!
Lentils are one of the oldest cultivated products. There are about 35 varieties of lentils available commercially. I really like this variety.
I thought that they would cook-up to be blacker rather than brown but I was mistaken. I used a really simple recipe to compare them to other lentils:
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup lentils
1 bay leaf
1 finely diced onion
Cook it until the lentils start to break and you’re good to go. Compared to other lentils, I found these to taste (but not look) better.
I have to say that my family totally enjoys these lentils to the point of other family members bring their empty tins over to “share” in my bounty of lentils. They cook up fast and have a wonderful taste cooking in just chicken stock. I will go to the ends of the earth to find these as the flavor is so tasty and does not need a lot of additives for a wonderful flavor.
AntionetteBattle Creek, IA
These lentils are the best I’ve eaten. I first became interested when I saw them at a fancy grocery store in Cincinnati. I paid at least $8-9 for the 1lb bag and was hooked after the first try. This item on Amazon has the right and I was very satisfied with the packaging and quality. I pressure cook smoked turkey for about 15 minutes with green onions, bell pepper and garlic. Then add the lentils–after about 9 more minutes in the pressure cooker, I have something wonderful! Buy them–you won’t be disappointed.
JerryClear Lake, MN