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figue de Solliès

purple fig from Provence

Several kinds of fig thrive in sheltered locations throughout France, notably Provence’s purple AOC figues de Solliès, grown in a valley shielded from the Mistral winds. They are delicious roasted with spices (figues rôties aux épices) and made into a crumble.

In late August and September you’ll also find figs popping up in savoury dishes with lamb or cheese. Extra ones are made into a compote de figues (fig jam) to serve with foie gras and cheese.

Figs stuffed with foie gras , Market of Brive-la-Gaillarde, France

Or if you’re feeling decadent you can find figs stuffed with foie gras (figues fourrées au foie gras).

AOPs and some others

Fruit and nuts

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Le grand Cricri, Monica Arellano-Ongpin