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Cuisine of Franche-Comté

Sharing a border with Switzerland and possessing rich heritage for its agricultural industry, it’s no surprise that the cuisine of Franche-Comté is defined by its fine selection of cheeses, and rich, filling main courses. This is an area that offers an abundance of locally sourced produce, and distinctive flavours that will delight the taste buds of all diners.

Sharing a border with Switzerland and possessing rich heritage for its agricultural industry, it’s no surprise that the cuisine of Franche-Comté is defined by its fine selection of cheeses, and rich, filling main courses. This is an area that offers an abundance of locally sourced produce, and distinctive flavours that will delight the taste buds of all diners.

Smoked meats

Prevalent throughout the province, cooked and smoked meats offer a fulfilling and mouth-watering option to diners seeking a real sense of flavour. Traditional tuye are still in use today, with these distinctive, pyramid-shaped structures slowly smoking pork and ham inside in a manner that dates back centuries. The famous Morteau sausage, meanwhile, represents one of the finest examples of traditional Franche-Comté meat production, with the pine and spruce smoking techniques ensuring that, whether eaten hot or cold, the flavour comes to the fore.

Equally as prestigious is the smaller variant of the Morteau sausage, the Montbeliard sausage. Prepared, like most meats in the region, from locally reared pigs, the Montbeliard sausage it the perfect accompaniment to a glass of Jura red wine.

Dairy delights

The Montbeliard region of Franche-Comté doesn’t simply produce smoked meats to whet the appetite, but plays an integral role in local cheese production. The cattle of the area are renowned for producing the milk that makes up the famous Comté hard cheese, which displays a robust and fruity flavour. The Routes du Comté follows a trail to the producers of the cheese, with the Maison du Comté in Poligny unveiling the secrets behind its production. As a dish, the Comté fondue is arguably the best way to savour the cheese, as well as favourites such as Cancoillote, Morbier, and Mont d’Or.

Wines and spirits

While wine production is prevalent across the entirety of France, few regions provide such a varied and distinctive selection of wines as Franche-Comté. From the famous straw wine blending Chardonnay, Savagnin, and Poulsard grapes, to the fine yellow wine of the Jura region, there is diversity and originality coursing through the produce. Similarly, the unique spirits developed here – including pine liqueur and absinthe – provide something different to discover, leaving visitors with a lasting taste of the region long after they’ve departed. 

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