France is definitely a country where you will spend a lot of time eating; from munching on light pastries to feasting on extravagant dinner items and everything in between. French cuisine will not disappoint, and here are 5 foods that are a must-try for anybody who wants to take their taste buds on a flavour adventure.
This iconic French bread’s origins can be traced back to the 18th Century, when long stick-like breads were popular in the country. The legacy lives on today, with baguettes being a staple among many. It is often enjoyed with traditional French cheeses or butter and jam. However, it is just as delectable in it’s purest purest form without being paired with any additional foods.
This one’s a little different. Escargot is a delicacy consisting of cooked edible land snails, often served as an hors d’oeuvre. It might seem like something odd to eat, but evidence of humans eating snails date as far back as prehistoric times. In fact, Romans actually considered snails as an elite food. Fast forward to the modern age, and snails have gotten the magical French touch, being cooked in their shells and heaped with garlic and butter. Whether you like how it tastes or not, trying escargot is undeniably bound to be an interesting experience.
Perhaps the most well known pastry, croissants are best described as a light, flaky and buttery delicacy. They are a prevalent component in French continental breakfasts, and can be found in almost any French bakery. As with baguettes, people often tend to eat croissants with jam or dipped in coffee. It is worth noting that while they originated from Austria, France improved upon on it by transforming it into puff pastry. There are few things more satisfying than biting into the many crispy layers of a croissant and hearing that crinkle!
No, not the movie! Interestingly enough, this is one of the few stews in France that doesn’t consist of any meat. Instead, it contains appetizing mediterranean vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms. Ratatouille comes from the city of Nice and takes after its birthplaces name. This delightful dish is also the perfect dish for any vegetarians looking for their culinary fix in France!
Duck is often used by the French in their dishes, but this particular one deserves some love. Duck confit was originally made with the intention of preserving duck meat for later consumption, and it is made by cooking duck legs in their own fat until soft and tender. It is considered one of the finest French dishes, and is a specialty of the country’s Gascony region.
Feel hungry after reading this list? We don’t blame you! If you’ve tried any of these French treasures, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!
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