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Interesting facts about France: Food

1. Petit Suisse is from Normandy

The famous Petit Suisse ("little swiss cheese") of Gervais are not from Switzerland, but from Normandy, in France.

2. Crepes are from Brittany

Crêpes, one of the most popular food in Europe, originate from Brittany, in western France.

3. Wine since Roman times

Wine has been made in France since Roman times.

4. 72% cannot understand French wine labels

72% of the adult French population finds it difficult to understand French wine labels.

5. French wines from single variety and blends

Wines from the North of France (e.g. Alsace) are usually made from a single variety of grape (e.g. Pinot Noir), whereas wines further south are typically blends of varieties (e.g. Carbernet Sauvignon + Merlot), which is why they do not mention them on the label like in Australia, California, Chile or South Africa.

6. Producer of some of the world's most famous liqueurs

France produces some of the world's most famous liqueurs, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec, Mandarine Napoleon, Cognac, Armagnac, Crème de Cassis, Pastis, Chartreuse, etc.

7. Rungis, largest wholesale market in the world

The international market of Rungis, in a southern suburb of Paris, covers 232-hectares (573 acres). With 1.7 million tonnes brought annually, it has the largest turnover of any wholesale markets in the world. 

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