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An Enviable Herbal Harvest in France

An Enviable Herbal Harvest in France

While on a recent trip to France, photographer Mimi Giboin pulled out her camera and took some snaps of an out-of-the-ordinary herb stand run by Christine Bouquet (yes, that’s her name) at the local farmers’ market.

“Christine’s stall is bit disheveled, in a good way,” Mimi says. “The herbs she offers, you just don’t find them anywhere else in the market. She specializes in seasonal and forgotten varieties of herbs, spices, and heirloom tomatoes. Christine’s mother raised and sold flowers, and Christine worked alongside her throughout her school years. She ended up buying her grandparents’ farm, and now she runs an organic herb, vegetable, and spice garden. She works from dawn until dusk; she’s on a mission to make us comfortable using foreign flavors in cooking.”

Christine can be found at the Central Market Royan, facing the boulevard Aristide-Briand; on the weekend off-season and daily in season.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

Above: Braided garlic bulbs hanging from a pole.

Above: Mint and sage on display.

Above: An array of tomatillos.

Above: L’hélichrysum Italicum, a flowering plant of the daisy family, or what Christine calls the “curry plant”; she uses it in Indian cooking.

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8:19AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Love it. Thanks for sharing!

10:52PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013


11:59PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Marvelous= thank you

11:26AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I grow some herbs, including the curry plant above. Many of them are hardy perennials requiring no work, other than occasional watering.

2:40AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you-

1:34AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Lavender is also an excellent herb that I recall from back in the day.

2:04PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013


8:37AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thx for sharing

3:46PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

wow, beautiful stall, farmers markets are a great idea.

4:09AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

What a beautiful, beautiful stall. I'd go to that market any day. Thanks for letting us know that such a wonderful thing exists.

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