First there were four
Wind up your feast with dried fruit
Christmas is Provence is simply inconceivable without the stars of the show, the Quatre Mendiants (Four Beggars). In the 13th century, these dried fruits were gifted by the people to monks from the mendicant orders, who had taken a vow of poverty. Today, they are often savoured on little chocolate petits fours. According to tradition, each fruit is associated with a different order: walnuts and hazelnuts for the Augustinians, raisins for the Dominicans, almonds for the Carmelites and dried figs for the Franciscans.
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