Traditional French Foods Le Nord, Picardy & Alsace Lorraine France
Check out the traditional French foods of northeast France when visiting the regions. Most of the regional specialties are popular French foods enjoyed throughout France.
North East France
Le Nord & Picardy
Bêtises de Cambrai: Cambrai, inland from Calais famous for this mint-flavored candy and eaten throughout France.
Mimolette: a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese. Originates around Lille. Orange in color with a brownish rind.
Turkey. This region is a big turkey-breeding center. I thought the French didn’t eat turkey but I guess I’m mistaken. It must be that my mother-in-law just doesn’t like turkey.
Traditional French Foods
Pieds de Couchon (grilled pigs trotters/pigs feet): A local specialty of the town of Sainte-Menehould.
Carre De L’est: a square shaped cheese from the cow’s milk of this region and Lorraine.
Sauerkraut: Made at Brienne-le Château. A Sauerkraut festival is held every year in September.
Dragées (sugared almonds) are the famous specialty of Verdun France. If you’re interested in the history of French foods, it has been consumed as far back as Roman times. One of the traditional French foods served at important family events like christenings, first communion, and weddings.
Quiche Lorraine (quiche with black bacon) is the specialty of Lorraine and eaten all over France
Boulay Macaroons: a traditional macaroon made in the town of Boulay. Made with egg whites, crushed almonds and a sugar icing.
Borders Germany with some similarity in cuisine:
Pâté de Foie Gras en croûte: goose liver French pate (pâté) wrapped in a thin layer of minced veal and covered by a pastry crust.
Alsatian Honey: especially Miel de Sapin which is golden red and made from the tips of silver fir needles. It is prized by connoisseurs because of its special flavor
Keep an eye out for local jams of bilberries and blackberries that come from this regions forest.
Kugelhopf cake: enjoyed year round and also one of the delicious French Christmas desserts of Alsace.
Bretzels (like a pretzel but with caraway. Traditionally served with beer)
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