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The Best Sweets in the Alps

Tarte des Alpes, alpine berries, honey and jams. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll be spoiled by the natural and authentic alpine sweets and the specialities that are passionately made by local producers. Let’s take your taste buds on a remarkable, delicious journey.

Give in to the Tarte des Alpes

The Tarte des Alpes (Alpine tart) is one of the culinary symbols of the French Southern Alps, particularly in the Vallée du Valgaudemar. Its recipe is simple: a sweet pastry is filled with blueberry or strawberry jam and covered with a lattice topping. In his shop in Barcelonette, Délices de Montagne, pastry chef Serge Basset offers his reinvented recipe: a walnut and honey Tarte des Alpes. Do you have any room left? Discover the Boulangerie Dumas, which has been producing the tart since 1955. Yet another good excuse to bring back gourmand souvenirs!

Make a Seabuckthorn Berry Treatment

Do you feel like you’re slowing down, or do you need a physical or intellectual boost as winter approaches? The Alps have a secret remedy. In the alpine hills, there is a vitamin-rich gem that boosts the immune system: the seabuckthorn berry. To discover the virtues of this little delicacy, meet David Viveau, organic seabuckthorn farmer. David cultivates part of his production in his orchard in the Vallée de l’Ubaye, perched at 1,500m above sea level. In autumn, he wanders through the alpine countryside to pick the wild berries. He is passionate about it, making juice, syrups, jams and even teas, that are available at the Maison des Produits de Pays de Jausiers.

Savour Honey from the Alps

Head to Rousset to discover a temple of alpine honey. Focussed on biodiversity, Apiland is a museum dedicated to the world of bees and beekeeping, a place for harvesting honey, and also a shop, selling lots of tasty honey, homemade pastries, and wax objects. Further south at Thorame-Basse, the Chailan family has been producing honey that derives from their Haut-Verdon apiary for three generations. Go to the Miellerie Chailan to discover their cream or liquid honey, as well as their condiments, delicacies, essential oils and cosmetics.

Spoon Up the Esprit Parc National Jams

Find Sarah and Nicholas’ shop on a Verdun street in the commune of Saint-Martin-Vésubie. The couple offer tasty jams, syrups and fruit spreads. You can also find ice cream and delicious sorbets. All of these authentic, fine alpine products are certified “Esprit Parc National” – a designation that celebrates the best of the French national parks. To discover Sarah and Nicholas’ orchard and workshop, visit their estate which is located just a short distance away.