French fruit recipes always start with the freshest produce avaialable. In France, fruit and nuts tend to be
similar to what is grown in North America with some slight variations. When selecting produce, whether to eat
out of hand or to use in a recipe, please be choosey.
Use your senses: sight, smell and feel (taste if you can).
If you have the possibility, go to a farmer's market for the freshest produce and to find varieties of
fruits not always offered in the grocery store. If you come to France, be sure you visit at least one open air
market. Most towns have a market, called le marché at least one day a week - typically Saturday morning,
although other days of the week are possible depending on the town.
Remember that starting with the very best ingredients is the conerstone of French cooking. And don't miss
out on trying something new. You may be surprised that you have been missing out on something wonderful all
Fruits and nuts are decorative. You might like to keep an attractive bowl of fresh fruits on display
in your kitchen. Some unusual shape and color combinations will add a nice decorative touch to your counter
top and you will be reminded to eat your fruit!