French food focus - October 2018

A focus on food in France

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On his fruit farm near Mont-de-Marsan in Landes, François Lafitte grows Nergis – small, smooth-skinned kiwis sometimes called kiwiberries. “They are sweeter than a normal kiwi,” he says, “and the flavour is something between raspberries and kiwi.” He has been growing kiwis since 1979, but planted his first Nergis in 2009, and he now has 24 hectares of Nergi vines.

“I was attracted to it because it was a novelty, and also because it’s a vine, you train it over a tunnel. ...

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