A main course of escargot at our Lancaster restaurant

Things you never knew about French Food. - 03/08/18

Traditional French culture places a high priority on the enjoyment of food. The French view eating as not just a neutral act, but as culture.

France has a different cheese for every day of the year.

In France, people eat approximately 500,000,000 snails per year.

Ten billion baguettes are produced each year in France. By law, a traditional baguette can only have three ingredients – flour, yeast and salt – and must weigh 250 grams, just short of 9 ounces.

To combat food wastage, France was the world’s first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food and instead supermarkets must give to charities and other services.

Many people in France drink their hot beverages from bowls and dip bread or pastry in it.

While French cuisine is often associated with rich desserts, in most homes dessert consists of only fruit, yogurt or sometimes a few squares of natural dark chocolate.

France is among the world’s top 10 largest exporters of agricultural products – and Europe’s largest, accounting for up to 20 of total EU production.

 

The French enjoy eating rabbit.

Almost all grocery stores close at 8pm and are closed on Sundays. There are exceptions in big cities, and increasingly more are open.