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France made its mark at the 15th annual World Cup of Patisserie, which took place in January in Lyon, France. This international event of the pastry-making profession was created in 1989 by French pastry chef Gabriel Paillasson. In total, 22 teams composed of three chefs from four different continents competed in challenges over the course […]

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 […]

France, rich in the diversity of its different types of agriculture, the abundance of its culinary cultures and the vitality of its gastronomic heritage, adopts several living tools dedicated to the culinary cultures of France and of the world. In total, four cities – Tours, Paris-Rungis, Dijon and Lyon, have brought together their collective energy […]

During a visit earlier this month by French Minister for International Trade, Matthias Fekl, Napa Valley wine makers expressed to him their strong support for expanding and protecting the use of geographic indications (GIs) in the United States. The wine makers want to reinforce protections preventing others from unjustly using their name for their own […]

France officially opened its newest tourist attraction May 31 in the city of Bordeaux, the global cultural capital of wine. La Cité du Vin, a cross between a theme park and a museum, is entirely dedicated to one of the most quintessentially French products – wine. French President François Hollande officially inaugurated the exhibition center […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chablis wines — recognized for their purity, freshness, delicacy and mineral flavor, are produced in an area surrounding the small town of the same name in northern Burgundy. The Chablis region is renowned for its production of exceptional dry white wines. These wines may only be produced under certain rules as they are protected under […]

Overall, 150 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated in France. A great number of these plants are inherited from the Charlemagne period in the eighth century (768-814) when he ordered that a selection of aromatic and medicinal plants be cultivated in the King’s gardens. The tradition has remained, especially in some regions of France. […]