Site Information

The Magical Cuisine of Provence

The Magical Cuisine of Provence

Situated on France's southeastern coast, Provence-Côte d’Azur boasts miles of Mediterranean coastline and outstanding gourmet food. A legendary region among travelers and foodies, the cuisine of Provence has a few signature dishes that are not to be missed if you plan on visiting. More closely resembling the flavors of its neighbor Italy than the cafes of Paris, Provence's food relies on simple ingredients and intense bursts of flavor, and of course olive oil with just about everything. Many Provencal dishes are made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables. From olives, to melons, to seafood, Provence is not just about the herbs. And if traveling to Provence isn't in your near future, a selection of delicacies are available for purchase and delivery to your home, wherever that may be. It's only right that everyone should be able to enjoy the unforgettable flavors of Provence.


Nothing elevates crusty bread like a Provencal tapenade. This famous dip made of black olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and olive oil is named for the Provencal word for caper (tapenas). There are a number of variations that exist, including green olive tapenade, eggplant tapenade and sun-dried tomato tapenade to name a few.


This rustic stew infused with saffron combines fish from the Mediterranean in a rich broth of tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, thyme and other spices. It is usually served with a toasted baguette and a side of aioli, which is a traditional garlic mayonnaise. Made famous in the port city of Marseille, there are some variations in the recipe, including the type and amount of fish used, but the broth and the aioli are what make it a true bouillabaisse.


Provence is well known for its truffles, called “black diamonds” that are in season from November to March. Truffles are used in many dishes, including omelettes. They are shaved on salads and infused in olive oil and honey. A very small amount adds intense flavor to any recipe. Aromatic and unmistakable.


Provence’s most famous export, Ratatouille is a simple dish of stewed vegetables. It includes tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onion, and peppers with olive oil, garlic and herbs. It is a satisfying meal on its own, but can also accompany a meat dish. Don't forget the bread – which comes in handy when mopping up every last drop of juice.

Fromage de chèvre

Goat’s cheese from Provence is famous for its creaminess and ability to be eaten on its own. It doesn't need anything else to be savored and enjoyed. It is also outstanding on a salad (with some truffle infused olive oil) or in an omelette or quiche. It can also be baked with tomatoes and garlic or added to a pasta dish. Its creaminess and mild flavor are the result of the diet of the goats that live in the foothills of the Southern French Alps.

Along with these famous and tasty signature dishes, Provence also boasts world class lemons, cherries, figs, junipers, and melons. All of these wonderful fruits are transformed into luxurious jams perfect on toast or on a crepe. They are tart and sweet and luscious, and a perfect complement to all of Provence's savory offerings.

Fine Taste Club is proud to offer select French country flavors in its Provence themed food box as well as in its online store featuring dozens of oils, jellies and cheeses available for purchase. Enjoy the culinary treasures of Provence, delivered.