Product of the Month

Discover some of France’s traditional food products, one month at a time!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nîmes Olives are crunchy and juicy green olives grown in and around the Gard département of southern France and nowhere else. It is often made into a high-quality olive oil, known for its aromas of artichoke and leafy greenness. The presence of olive trees in this region dates back to antiquity, which attest to the […]

The Corsican kiwi is one of the most recent French agricultural products to obtain protected geographic indication status in France, having been granted this prestigious level of distinction March 31, 2020. This status dedicates the production to a specific area and gives it protection across the European Union. Growing the Corsican kiwi started at the […]

Provence Olive Oil obtained protected designation of origin status February 21, which gives this exceptional product recognition and protection at the European Union level. Provence Olive Oil is a virgin or extra virgin olive oil obtain exclusively by mechanical means, primarily from Aglandau varieties of olives (at least 20%), Bouteillan, Cayon and Salonenque. It is […]