Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Bordeaux and Aquitaine Cuisine

Bordeaux is the capital of the Aquitaine region in France whose borders lie along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountains on the Spanish frontier. Aquitaine is made up of many areas rich in produce:

The Côte d'Argent (one of the most famous coasts in France)

The Bassin d'Arcachon (a large lagoon famous for its oyster farming) also home to the Dune de Pilat (the largest sand dune in Europe)

The Dordogne with its river and the Périgord, (famous for its truffles, foie gras, Limousin apples, strawberries, walnuts, cabecou goat cheese, and cepes.

The Gironde Estuary known for its Pauillac Lamb.

Lot-et-Garonne with its boat trips on the river and Agen prunes, Marmande tomatoes, hazelnuts from Cancon, delicious wild strawberries, kiwis and sapphire melons.

The Landes with their coast of endless beaches backing on to the Landes forest (the largest pine forest in Western Europe, planted to stop the spread of the dunes and marshland), renowned for Chalosse and Bazas Beef, chickens, ducks, carrots, asparagus and kiwis from the Adour.

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques, with its mountains and colourful Basque villages with the flavours of Spain, known for Bayonne ham, Espelette chillies and Ixtassou cherries.

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