PRODUCTS FROM THE LOCAL REGION


This selection of specialities from the Gard region will definitely get your mouth watering … Goats produce the most delicious milk thanks to the fragrant hillsides on which they roam. A range of goat cheeses can be found at producers’ outlets or at the markets. Delicate or strong flavoured honeys are also available from the regions bee-keepers. Olive trees are an integral part of the Uzège landscapes. The fragrant oil which goes so well with a simple salad or more elaborate dishes comes from is fruit. Olives can also be turned into a delicious tapenade. The main variety in the Gard in the Picholine olive, which is consumed when still green, and used to make oil when it is black. The Gard area is one of the key truffle producing areas in France. Truffles are harvested at the foot of oak trees and are used to make delicious truffle terrine, to season local dishes and to add a delicate flavour to poultry, foies gras, terrines and salads. Nimes is well known for its brandade cod dish – one to enjoy with friends! It is served piping hot with mashed potato, croutons rubbed with olive oil and black olives. And there is a particular way of preparing bull meat in the Gard too. It is marinaded in red wine, vegetables and seasoning for 24 hours, and then served with rice – from the Camargue of course! If it’s a light snack you’re after, try fougasse d’Aigues-Mortes, a brioche that is glazed with sugar and flavoured with orange blossom water. Unique to the region, the recipe is a closely-guarded secret…