French green lentils are hard-to-find lentils that are a beautiful deep fall green in color. These lentils have a mild, earthly flavor. The French green lentils texture is a bit firmer than most other lentils and hold their shape well when cooked. The Latin word for lentil, Lens, was used in the 17th century to describe eye glasses because of the similarity in shape. The quick cooking and nutritious nature of lentils make them an obvious choice for winter soups. They are also good cooked and chilled for salads or mixed with bread crumbs to stuff vegetables. Blend lentils with middle eastern couscous and use as a bed for seafood or poultry.