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The Auvergne is a region brimming with character and is particularly rich in specialities which are popular with all food lovers. Local cooked-meat products, wine and cheese can be found on tables just about anywhere, and are used in simple yet traditional dishes.
The Auvergne region produces 1/4 of the entire French production of AOP cheeses. It's no wonder with 5 different AOP labelled cheeses coming from Auvergne: Saint-Nectaire, Bleu d'Auvergne, Fourme d'Ambert, Salers and Cantal. Perfect in a variety of recipes or for tasting on their own, learn more about each of them on the Auvergne Cheese Road.
One of Auvergne’s main products is a "local" produce, the Puy green lentil from Le Puy-en-Velay, a vegetable packed with goodness. This dried vegetable can often surprise you with its unique taste and is suitable for both traditional auvergnate cuisine or for more elaborate dishes produced by master chefs. It is also the main ingredient of the mouth-watering rustic dish known as "petit salé" (salted belly pork), accompanied by sausages and spare ribs.
The Salers breed of cattle comes from the village of the same name in the Cantal, and Salers beef can be found on menus throughout Auvergne.
The mountain air is particularly useful for drying salted meat products and the cooked meats produced in the Auvergne have obviously benefited from this! They are prepared by combining the meat with local fruit including hazelnuts, bilberries and chestnut. Bringing all of Auvergne’s main products together and producing a successful blend of great tastes.
Wine lovers will be delighted to sample the AOC Saint Pourçain in the Allier, and the AOC Côtes d’Auvergne, with its five 5 varieties: Châteaugay, Chanturgue, Corent, Boudes and Madargue.
To avoid getting carried away with alcoholic drinks, please don't forget that the Auvergne is also very famous for its mineral waters, such as Volvic, where you can visit the bottling factory. Whether still or sparkling, you'll have no trouble finding your favourite mineral water from among the 109 varieties.