From the land
The rich farmland of la Manche is ideal for lots of different crops and livestock. Apples and their products, dairy products, vegetables: we take a look at the specialities for which the Manche is renowned.
Emblematic of Normandy, apples are used to make different products, including cider, pommeau and calvados.
Normandy is the top cider apple producing region in France. La Manche has two protected designations of origin for its cider: the PGI Cidre de Normandie/Cidre Normand and the PDO Cidre Cotentin. The apples are harvested in autumn and the production of cider marks the seasons.
Various products are derived from cider. One is calvados, a local brandy that’s aged in oak casks for at least two years. Another is pommeau, an apéritif drink that’s well-known in Normandy, made from a mixture of cider and calvados. A number of cocktails are also made using cider, including cider mojitos, shaker cocktails and Normandy planter’s punch. Raise a glass to la Manche!Cider houses to visit :