Saturday, 16 October 2010

Did you know that the Autumn fruit la mirabelle comes from Lorraine?

La mirabelle is a tiny plum slightly bigger than a cherry, it has a nice reddish golden colour and is sweet and juicy. It was first planted in Lorraine, the orchards now produce mirabelles from mid-August to early October.
Its name comes from the Latin and means: belle à voir ( nice to look at).
It is lovely to eat as a piece of fruit or cooked to accompany venison or veal.
Try some next time you go to France. Buy them on a market so that you can choose some nice juicy ones.
Bon appétit!

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  1. Did you know that the aubergine used to be a little white fruit. This is why it is called an egg plant in America and Australia. You can find this fact and many more in a book called "La mondialisation à table" by Jean Vitaux.

  2. Moi je préfère la quiche lorraine! ;)