France has issued many stamps on food (not foodstamps!) on her own gastronomy for quite some time.
A new series will be issued on April 25th and wil be printed in the form of mini-sheets dedicated to a particular region with stamps, pics and explanations.
With the third of these sheets I’d like to introduce is Aquitaine.
Aquitaine for a long time was an English possession thanks to Alienor of Aquitaine who after divorcing the French King married the English King (who was “French”, too) and brought one of the richest dowries at the time to a relatively poor nation.
As it is one of of the largest “regions” in France, the wealth of great food can be a bit overwhelming.
One can see the following specialties on the stamp sheet:
-Vineyards and wines (Bordeaux, naturally, but many, many more!)
-Perigord black truffles
-Cannelles de Bordeaux cakes which have been copied almost everywhere.
-Espelette chili peppers from Pays basque.
Not mentioned here are chocolate which was first introduced in the Basque country, too, but I will leave it to you to search for more. Plenty of work, I can assure you!
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4 thoughts on “French Gastronomy on Stamps (3): Aquitaine”
Oh boy, thanks for the heads up on these stamps. They look like great fun. Maybe it’ll get me to write a real letter to someone. I finally got around to make canneles bordelaisthe other day. Wow they are fantastic! I’m ready to move to Dordogne myself.
That’s the second time I had to fish your comment out of the Worpress Spam Box! Sorry!
Congratulations on your canneles!
More stamps coming!
One of the thing I’ve always wanted to do is visit the many vineyards of France. Bordeaux being one of them. Even though Napa and sonoma are only a few hours away from me. I’d love to go to the country where wine originated.
Talking of wine in Aquitaine equals opening an neverending book!
Fine, the Bordeaux wines are famous and celebrated. But what about those wines hidden in the Basque country, Dordogne, or the South West. Dollar for dollar, Euro for Euro, they are better value than the overblown Bordeaux!
Mind you, the same applies in my home country, Bourgogne! LOL