Old Gascon gastronomic traditions are very much alive in the Landais hinterland of Chalosse, Tursan and Bas Armagnac, where quality crops are produced, including asparagus and kiwi fruit.
Sample foie gras (half of France’s production comes from the Landes) and Floc de Gascone aperitif - tasting a little like sherry. Or try salade landaise, a mixture of salad and warm salted meat - wonderful with a glass of Tursan wine.
Golden maize fed, free-range Landes chicken is so tender it’s rightly popular. Look for seasonal' cepes and girolles mushrooms in Landes’s autumn cuisine and sea trout from April to July.
Along with the region’s rivers, the Bay of Biscay is teaming with a variety of fish including tuna, sardines and shellfish. Armagnac, the fine golden brandy produced on the Landes’s sandy soil, is justly world famous and a must to end any meal.