Culina Market

Mont d'Or Cheese, France

Often referred as the “the holy grail of raw milk cheeses”, the Vacherin Mont d’Or is truly a spectacular cheese. This artisanal pale yellow soft rich cheese is made from cow’s milk in France, usually in villages of the Jura region (an origin that has been officially controlled since 1981), and has a greyish-yellow washed rind.

Mont d’Or is a seasonal cheese with an AOC certification available from October to February. As the cheese is so soft and almost liquid after maturation, it is ripened and wrapped with a spruce bark, which adds a welcome woody note to the cheese. Packed in a characteristic spruce box, when matured, the cheese is full flavoured, slightly acidic, and is often served warm in its original packaging and enjoyed like a fondue. Once you pull a warm one out of the oven, and start eating it, it’s impossible to stop.

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Bouchot Mussels

Bouchot moules is the only mussel in France that has the coveted Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designation. Given to food whose characteristics are uniquely related to its place of origin, these mussels are considered a luxury ingredient in France, and other parts of Europe.

They are harvested between July and January in France’s Mont St Michel Bay where the water spans the borders of Brittany and Normandy. The bivalves grow on wooden pillars (bouchot) anchored into the seabed. At high tide, they thrive underwater, while at low tide, they are exposed to the salty ocean air, hence their delicious briny flavour. The small to medium-sized mussels have plump and firm orange-yellow flesh. Cook them with white wine, chopped garlic and parsley, and serve with French fries.

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Blood Oranges

Blood orange is a seasonal fruit that thrives in the Mediterranean areas such as Spain. Usually available between December and April, the fruit’s colour ranges from faint or blushing red to deep crimson. This red colour is due to the anthocyanin pigment.

Blood orange is favoured for its juiciness, bright acidity and distinctive citrusy flavour. The vitamin C-rich fruit is great for both savoury and sweet dishes. In Spain, the juicy red-coloured segments are paired with salt cod. Over in Sicily, the fruit is sliced and combined with sliced bulb fennel and a drizzling of olive oil. Instead of lemon, the juice can be used for vinaigrette-style salad dressings and sauces. You can also make it into a vivid-coloured marmalade, curd, sorbet or granita. Enjoy it fresh by placing the segments over yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. The zest is great livening up baked goods too.

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Stone Fruits

Whether you prefer apricots, peaches, nectarines, or red plums, nothing says summer (June to September) quite like the sweet, juicy flavours of mouthwatering stone fruits. France may not be the biggest producer in Europe for stone fruits but the varietals it offers are second to none.

With their sweet taste and juicy flesh, peaches and nectarines epitomises summer. They are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are fuzz-free. You don’t need to do much with luscious peaches and nectarines, simply cooked to caramelised gooiness and serve with ice cream.

For stone fruits, pies are just the beginning. These juicy apricots, nectarines, and peaches lend themselves well to baked crumbles, on top of decadent tarts, as a sweet accompaniment in salads, icy popsicles, and cocktails. You can also cooked down the fruits to a jam and scoop on top of waffles and ice cream. Stone fruits are easy to work with— you’ll just need to pit them before using them in a variety of dishes.

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Black Truffle, Périgord, France

This black diamond of the Provence, also known as the "Périgord truffle", is one of the most prized and can grow up to the size of an apple. Its skin presents pyramidal scales and the color of its flesh goes from grey to black with thin white veins when mature.

An iconic name in the world of truffles, Plantin products are well known in the fine dining scene, and used by many Michelin starred chefs in their creations, as well as highly appreciated by food connoisseurs.

This black winter truffle adds a heady perfume to any dish and can be shaved generously over pastas, scrambled eggs, salads or roasted potatoes. To elevate your butter, grate some Plantin truffle and mix with softened butter – use this truffle butter on top of grilled steak or simply spread it on warm baguette and enjoy!

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