Produits Lot et Garonne

Gastronomy: star products from the Lot and Garonne Valleys

They're called: Cancon hazelnuts, Agens prunes, Red-Label strawberries, Marmande tomatoes and summer truffles, and down through the seasons they fill market stalls and dishes. Zoom on star fruit and products from the Lot and Garonne Valleys.

Zoom on: Cancon hazelnuts

Hazelnuts, a real energy booster is a treasure with a delicate taste that originates in Lot-et-Garonne, not far from Cancon (40 km from Marmande). This bastide located in the north of Lot-et-Garonne boasts a Unicoque cooperative which centralizes 98% of French hazelnut production.
So, basically, in a nutshell, the French hazelnut is definitely a Lot-et-Garonne one. And this phenomenon may even continue to rocket as hazelnut producers love this clay-limestone area where orchards take over more land year after year.

Claude Durand, one of the pionneers of this culture can be found in Lacépède, in the heart of the Pays de Serres region, midway between the Garonne Valley and the Lot one. Before him seven generations of farmers lived and worked on this land where they grew cereals, vines and bred dairy cattle. In 1987, Claude became fond of hazelnut production. This nut with its rare nutritional qualities.

Why not pay Claude, his wife régine, his two children, Augustin and Amalia, a visit sometime. They'll take you around the orchards, the discovery space where you can find out everything about hazelnut production and transformation before heading over for a tasting session. Those who love to indulge will delight as, here, hazelnuts are proposed in a variety of mouthwatering pleasures, from aperitif-style hazelnuts to oil, full-grain flour, roasted hazelnuts, hazelnut and chocolate spread, and a host of praline and chocolate treasures prepared by Augustin who is a professional chocolatier.
The Maison de la Noisette in Lacepede: www.lamaisondelanoisette.com

Marmande Tomatoes

Tomatoes came from the Americas but they loved the land around Marmande and found the climate great. To the extent that they became a speciality. Generations of local farmers would go on to develop a variety called Marmande. Bright red, large sized, not totally round, slightly ribbed, it is unanimously acclaimed for its taste and flavoursome flesh which is enjoyed in salads and stuffed.

Strawberries

The ultimate in pleasure fruit. The fruit that smells of summertime and outdoor meals.

Ciflorette, juicy and sweet, Charlotte, fragranced and soft Gariguette, sweet and tangy are some of the varieties produced in Lot-et-Garonne fields whose research and quality is promoted through the Label Rouge (Red Label). A first in France for this fruit which is eaten like candy.

Here's the recipe for Strawberry pavlova with vanilla-flavoured whipped cream

White truffles

Perhaps a little less prestigious than its black sibling, the white truffle offers the great advantage of being harvestable in summer.

Several markets are organized in the department when the season comes around. Enthusiasts get together here and it's an opportunity to buy at the best price. It can be eaten in salads, as an aperitif, finely chopped on mini toast slices, etc. But it's as truffle butter spread over toasted country-style bread that it's most popular.
Here's the recipe for poached egg en Meurette, Périgord duck foie gras, baby sprouts, goat’s milk curd and summer truffles

Agen prunes

Plum trees, which arrived from China via the Silk Road, took on their Agen particularity when Benedictine monks from Clairac Abbey came back home fro mthe Crusades with the idea of grafting it with a variety from Damascus. As such, the Ente plum was born. With its fine skin, its exquisite blue-mauve colour, this is the plum which would be harvested and dried to become the Agen prune, genuine black gold from Lot-et-Garonne.

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La Tannerie

In the South West of France, near Agen and Villeneuve-sur-Lot, on the banks of the river Lot, only a short distance from Dordogne and the fortified towns of Guyenne, the Tannerie guest house, a 17th century village house, has been wonderfully refurbished. The basins used for washing animal skins under the house, the fountain covered in natural vegetation along with the structure of the house with it’s panoramic view of the Lot river all invite you on a journey as soon as you go inside.

3 impasse de la tannerie 47260 GRANGES-SUR-LOT
Du 01/05/2024 au 30/09/2024
- OT du Confluent et des Coteaux de Prayssas -
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Ferme et Musée du Pruneau

France’s only Prune Museum tells the story of the prune, which was brought over from the Orient and came to thrive in Lot-et-Garonne. A video shows visitors how the fruit is cultivated over the season, and museum mascot Mam’zelle Prune invites families to take part in a fun-filled educational tour of the orchards. In summer, visitors can get lost in the jungle of corn, a treasure hunt which winds around the 1,500 m² of land. There is a special torchlight evening every Monday and Thursday, starting at 9pm in July and at 8.30pm in August. The site has direct access to the Lot, with a floating landing stage on the left bank of the river.

1231 route de Granges Le Gabach 47320 LAFITTE-SUR-LOT
Du 01/04/2024 au 30/06/2024
- OT VAL DE GARONNE -
- OT VAL DE GARONNE -
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Ferme et Musée du Pruneau

This museum houses a unique collection which tells the history of the prune. The museum spans several rooms: the first displays a reconstruction of an early 20th century drying room with its different oven and drying kilns, showing how prunes are dried; the second room shows how the prunes are prepared and packaged in a workshop displaying the original machines and tools, and the third and final room houses a rare collection of original packaging, documents and archives, as well as a collection of ceramics and yokes. A video rounds off the visit, showing how prunes are grown and marketed in the present day.

1231 Route de Granges Le Gabach 47320 LAFITTE-SUR-LOT
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Ferme et Musée du Pruneau

Shop on the farm with products based on prunes. Natural and without chemical preservatives (organic conversion). Boxes with local products (prunes, wines, hazelnuts, foie gras. Museum. Quizz'pruno. Dédal'Prune Aventure corn maze. Torchlight nocturnes on Mondays (July / August).

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Du 01/04/2024 au 30/06/2024
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Les Rives du Plantié

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Du 01/01/2024 au 31/12/2024
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Plage sur le Lot à Castelmoron

This swimming area on the banks of the Lot is situated by the Castelmoron Bridge. The swimming area conforms to European regulations.

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