French Gastronomy on Stamps (13): Languedoc Roussillon


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 thirteenthth of these sheets I’d like to introduce is Languedoc Roussillon.
Languedoc Roussillon for a long time of the Provence Realm in the Middle Ages until it was broken by the Albigeois Crusade while Roussillon stayed for a long time under the King of Spain’s dominion.
This turbulent history made this region an extremely rich and complex.
It the largest producer of wines and the origin of many a “national” gastronomic specialty.

On this sheet you can notice:
-Aligot, a poor people’s food which has recently turned fashionable.
-Garlic, a must for almost any cooking!
-Cheeses, a plethora of them!
-Creme Catalane, arguably the best kind of Creme brulee.
There are many others, including mushrooms and cassoulet (although thisis disputed by other regions!)

Now, there are two facts that not many people know:
1) Wolves are protected there in a natural habitat!
2) Jeans or denim originated from Nimes as Bleu de Nimes. It is not American, although it is an American national who imported it first when he noticed the sturdy material worn by the local farmers!

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