A few months ago we unveiled a tablecloth collections called “Calissons”. With its subtle dotted patterns, it is a reference to one of the most delicious sweets of Provence: Les Calissons d’Aix.
Best described as “a paste of candied fruit and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing”, their taste and almond shape makes them a unique delicacy.
Often presented is a diamond-shaped box, they are associated with the gorgeous city of Aix-en-Provence, though they seem to originate in medieval Italy, where the first references to an almond and flour cake called calisone were made in the 12th Century.
With the introduction of almonds in Provence in the 16th century, they really started gaining popularity, before the first Calissons factories were created in the 19th Century. By the early 20th Century, Aix-en-Provence was the world capital of the almonds trade.
Today, Aix is home to some 20 manufacturers, and the Calissons are Provence’s best-kept secret!
Want to try cooking them? Try this link, and let us know how you went – We wouldn’t mind having a taste too!