Indre-et-Loire in the heart of the ‘Garden of France’ produces fresh fruit like plums and melons and tender vegetables used in profusion in the local cuisine.
Rivers supply salmon and trout, and game and mushrooms from the marshes and forests are all to be enjoyed along with rich charcuterie and terrines like rillettes de Tours (potted pork).
Try ‘noisettes de porc aux pruneaux de Tours’ - pork medallions cooked with prunes- and another local delicacy, andouillette (tripe sausage).
Goats cheeses are a speciality of the region like cylindrical Ste.Maure, and you will also find delicious cakes and honey.
Indre-et-Loire produces superb wines, including the red wines of Chinon made from the Cabernet Franc grape and sparkling Chenin Blanc whites of Vouvray.