Provence is a favourite when it comes to enjoying naturism to the fullest. The region in the south of France offers beautiful weather, magnificent landscapes and above all, excellent cuisine. You will find diverse dishes with heavy Italian influences. As you holiday in this French department, make time to indulge in the local delicacies that range from peasant food to award-winning recipes.
A True Taste of Provence
Food is a window to a people's culture, which is why you have to try some of the traditional delicacies while here. Ratatouille is the iconic Provencal dish. Peasants made ratatouille as a way to save ingredients. Now, it is one of the region's must-eat dishes. It's a mixture of vegetables, mainly tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and onions seasoned with spices. Socca is an unleavened chickpea pancake that you can find at food carts in the streets. For meat lovers, the simple boeuf á la Gordienne - beef stewed in red wine - is a tantalising option. Another dish to try for authentic Provencal gastronomy is bouillabaisse, a soup of bony fish served with bread. Salade Niçoise has its origins in Nice and comes in many varieties. The primary ingredients are hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, canned tuna and anchovies. Enjoy foods made using local products sourced from some of the most fertile soils in France.
Wash it Down
A good meal needs a nice beverage to chase it down. Provencal wines promise an authentic taste of the place. Grapes are some of the local products for which Provence is famous. Reds and rosé are the top wine choices. Grab a glass of Bandol and savour its distinct south Mediterranean flavour. Pierrevert and Palette are other wine alternatives. The Frigolet, an alcoholic elixir produced from honey and aromatic plants is another traditional beverage to try.
Dessert like a Provencan
A wholesome experience of Provencal gastronomy includes the sweets and cakes available in the region. Tarte Tropézienne is a brioche cake filled with sweet cream and coated with sugar. It's from Côte d'Azur. Add sweetness to your naturism lifestyle with calissons d'Aix - a paste of crushed almonds and melons coated with sugar. Les fruits confits are candied fruits. Your tastes will influence the perfect Provencal dessert.
This destination doesn't disappoint when it comes to food. The cuisine in the region is impressively diverse with a little bit for every eater. As you plan your naturist holiday to the South of France, be ready to immerse yourself in a memorable culinary experience.