Champignon de Paris left capital years ago

Most of today's champignons de Paris are grown in Saumur

The famous champignon de Paris is in abundance at this time of year – however the mushrooms are no longer grown in the capital but 300km away in Saumur, in the Loire valley.

The mushroom originates in Versailles and was grown by La Quintinie, gardener to Louis XIV. Around the time of Napoléon III, the mushrooms were cultivated in the catacombs and other Parisian cellars and at its peak around 1875, 300 producers in Paris were selling three million baskets ...

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