Tag Archives: PDO

Considered the gastronomic olive par excellence, the Lucques du Languedoc olive is one of the best olives available. Easily recognized by its crescent moon shape and its bright green skin, it is a large, meaty, mellow olive. One of the highest quality and most sought-after of all olives, it is also called “the green diamond,” […]

Salers cheese is a French semi-hard cheese made primarily with the milk of the Salers breed of cattle, both of which are named after a small village of the same name. It has a thick, dried crust and is made in the form of a large cylinder which is then cut into smaller sizes for […]

Munster cheese – not to be confused with mild-tasting American Muenster cheese – is a strong-tasting cow’s milk cheese made in the Vosges Mountains, in eastern France near the border with Germany. It is a soft cheese that is cylindrical in shape and is white in color, although the color of the crust can vary […]

The Perigord walnut is an extremely healthy and versatile nut grown in southwestern France. Perigord is the old name for this region, which is now usually referred to in English as the Dordogne. Most of the Perigord walnut production area is located in the Dordogne department, but there are also significant amounts produced in the […]

Abondance cheese (PDO)

April 15, 2016

Abondance cheese is a semi-hard cheese with a subtle hazelnut flavor that is often enjoyed as is or melted. It has enjoyed Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status since 1990, meaning that it can only be made in a certain geographical area using time-tested traditional methods of production. It gets its name from one of […]

Red Chinon wine, which benefits from protected designation of origin (PDO) status, is a wine from the famed wine-producing Loire Valley of center western France. The links to terroir of the Red Chinon wine region deeply affects the wines that are produced there with the geology of each part of the region modifying the taste […]

Designated as the “national cheese” of Corsica (a French island in the Mediterranean Sea), brocciu (protected denomination of origin – PDO) is such an integral part of the area’s culture that a poet, Emile Bergerat, said in the 19th century that “anyone who hasn’t tasted it doesn’t know the island.” Brocciu cheese has an extremely […]

The Neufchâtel cheese

August 14, 2015

The Neufchâtel is a soft-ripened cheese made from cow’s milk in the area of Normandy called “Pays de Bray”. Softly salted, this cheese has a fluffy white skin and a firm, smooth inside. You can find it under different shapes, but the heart is its most famous one, making it instantly recognizable. History The Neufchâtel […]

Cidre from Cornouaille, or Cornwall Cider, is a renowned apple cider produced in the northwestern part of France in the historic région of Brittany. The orchards responsible for bearing the apples for this delicious cider span across 38 communes in Brittany, most of which touch the Atlantic Ocean. This vast stretch of apple orchards is […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, praised the historic step taken on May 21st in Geneva for the international protection of Geographical Indications. The 28 member states of the Lisbon Agreement decided by unanimity to extend the current international protection system of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO- also referred to as appellation d’origine controlée […]