French lentils are prized for their delicate texture. color and flavor, while retaining all the health benefits and versatility common to all Lentils. Lentils are an ancient bean that date back some 9,000 years ago. A pantry staple, they are inexpensive and high in protein, which make them a great health food for a tight a budget. They are rich in essential vitamins, minerals and protein. These lentils can be sprouted and added to a salad for additional nutrition. Soak in water overnight, rinse in the morning, drain, and leave on the counter for 24 hours, rinsing every 10 hours or so. Once they grow a tail, cover them and store them in the fridge.