This Protected Geographical Indication belongs to the first French strawberries of the season grown in open ground. These Gariguette or Ciflorette-variety berries arrive on shelves from March onwards.
What you need to know
Situated between Provence and Camargue, the Costières de Nîmes plateau is where the strawberries of the same name are grown. The PGI obtained in 2013 authorises just two varieties: Gariguettes, which are quite thin, beautiful, vermilion red berries; and Ciflorettes, which are very elongated, and orange to brick red in colour. Both are grown a stone's throw from Nîmes, in open ground and under shelter, to make the most of the particular climatic conditions: a cool winter and an early spring, with wind, very concentrated episodes of rainfall, and consistent sunshine. All of which supports early harvests, by hand, from March to mid-June.
Like their cousins, Nîmes strawberries have high levels of vitamin C and fibre, which is contained in their tiny seeds.
How to use
The fruits must be washed quickly with clean water before eating or working with them.
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