In the south-west of the region, Gapeau Valley alone produces 75% of France’s figs – 2500 tons per year! In this valley, the figs grow in a mineral-rich and well-drained soil in a unique micro-climate.
The fig trees have been here for so long that they are now a key part of the landscape.
Solliès-Pont, the fig capital, is proud to have its own appellation – the delicious ‘violette de Solliès’.
Shaped like a flattened droplet of water, the fig is purple with black ridges, both dense, firm and supple, and its fleshy, juicy pulp is the colour of strawberry jam. The nose is elegant, and mild in flavour with vegetables and fruit notes, including watermelon, white melon, strawberry and other red fruits.
The taste is balanced, characteristically acid and sugary, crunchy then fondant, with strong vegetable, fruity and floral notes.
All in all, it is a divine and lively fig!