French Culture & Savoir‐Faire

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. […]

The Noirmoutier Potato became one of the newest French geographical indications to obtain protected status on the European-Union level when it was approved July 1, 2020. This official sign of origin and quality confers the product protection on the European scale. The first crops of potatoes on the island of Noirmoutier date back to the […]

Since June 2020, the traditional seasonal migrations of pasture animals practiced by French shepherds and animal husbandry professionals (called “transhumance”) is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage in France. This recognition is the first important step before being proposed as a candidate for international recognition of this traditional practice as an intangible cultural heritage by […]

A fresh whole goat milk cheese, the Brousse du Rove cheese has just received protected designation of origin status, giving it protection at the European Union level after having been granted the equivalent status at the French national level in 2018. This raw milk cheese is mainly produced in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône but also […]