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pommes de terre


Jules Bastien-Lepage, Saison d'Octobre: Recolte des pommes de terre, 1879. (National Gallery of Victoria)

Pommes de terre, ‘the apples of the earth’, or les patates as many call them, have been a huge favourite ever since Antoine Augustin Parmentier convinced the French to eat them. There’s even a song evoking how much they love them.

They also love les chips (potato chips or crisps, unless they are British-style fish and chips, which the French are also very fond of). When it comes to crisps, beware that the French go in for some pretty funky flavours—spaghetti bolognese, roast chicken, goat cheese, merguez, pesto, pili pili peppers, caramel au beurre salé, beer and bratwurst, and even oyster flavour. Among others.

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Images by Dana Facaros, Samuel austin , User:Stephane8888 (Stephane8888 Wiktionnaire)