French Culture & Savoir‐Faire

Cadours purple garlic (Ail violet de Cadours) is characterized by its violet outer peel and streaks of purplish color. It is a large type of garlic, with a rounded form and the cloves are either ivory white or slightly purplish. Eaten raw or cooked, it presents a strong garlicy odor. It is the earliest of […]

A form of the classic French recipe, Hachis Parmentier, or beef and potato casserole, has just received recognition as a “Red Label” product. The French Red Label certifies that an agricultural product is of a superior quality and has met a very stringent set of standards developed and approved by experts in order to ensure […]

Since September 2020, fifteen bakeries in the Cher and Indre départements of France have been offering a baguette produced from a mix of wheat grains coming from a certified High Environmental Value farm: The Epi Toué baguette. (‘Epi Toué’ is a play on words coming from an expression in the local Berrichon language or dialect, […]

On Feb. 4, Périgord Walnut Oil obtained protected designation of origin status: special recognition for this exceptional product, locally known as “yellow gold,” which now benefits from protection across the European Union. Périgord Walnut Oil is a virgin oil, obtained entirely from mechanical processes, extracted either hot or cold. It is obtained exclusively from high […]

The Castelnaudary bean is a white dry bean of the Phaseolus vulgaris species with an ivory white color. It has a large grain with a kidney shape which rehydrates which, once cooked, allows it to be soft and melting in consistency, while maintaining its shape and its skin. It was introduced by Catherine de Medicis […]

The Cevennes Chestnut is one of France’s newest agricultural products benefitting from Protected Designation of Origin status, but the history of this agricultural tradition dates all the way back to the 11th Century. Over the ages, chestnut groves, which grew to cover 120,000 acres across its region of production, became the epicenter of an ecosystem […]

Flower fields in the south of France. Creative Commons[/ Situated between the sea and the mountains, the Pays de Grasse is an area of exceptional natural flora, in which perfume plants have developed due to very favorable conditions. Rose, jasmine, tuberose, iris, and others have made this region the historic birthplace of French perfumery since […]

Reunion Island Rum makes up part of the cultural institutions of this Indian Ocean island’s creole cultural history. Reunion’s distillery use either molasses (for the production of traditional or industrial rum) or sugar cane juice (for rhum agricole, a special type of rum that is considered higher quality and is strongly associated with former French […]

Product of the month: Berthoud

September 28, 2020

After having its specifications approved by the national council of Protected Geographic Indications, the “Berthoud” has just officially been recognized as a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) by the European Commission. After Bouchot mussels in 2013, Berthoud became the second French traditional specialty to be recognized. The typical Berthoud recipe was developed at the beginning of […]

Numerous tourist routes crisscross the vineyards of France. Between the 140,000 wineries and about 30 different museums, these paths allow for wine tastings, to meet the wine producers, and also to appreciate the local landscapes and architectures: It is made-in-France wine tourism. Aromas, scents, and colors: The wine route is above all a multi-sensory experience. […]