French food has often been a controversial center owing to the fact that many of its prime ingredients are either prepared in inhumane conditions, or are the weirdest of naturally occurring elements that may strike a disagreement with the fundamental culinary concepts.
Famous around the globe for some rare and extremely peculiar to French cuisine ingredients, French supermarkets sport an array of strange items that are at times funny and reluctant on other occasions.
The seven items listed below are abundantly available in typically French supermarkets:
1. Foie Gras
What may be a delicacy, now for centuries in the French cuisine, is a banned product in many other countries due to the fact that foie gras is prepared under arguably inhumane conditions. Foie Gras (or fattened liver) is prepared by force feeding duck or goose and is commonly available at all major grocery stores as an expensive main ingredient for some handpicked fine dining dishes.
Another annoying to the nose but a tantalizing to the palate ingredient patented by the French cuisine and made available across the land is the Andouillette (or pigâs intestine). The intestines are then sliced in the form of sausages and sold at all supermarkets as a savoury non-vegetarian ingredient that is served poached in a variety of wines or even with its contemporary controversial accomplice foie gras.
While the recipes may sound enticing and succulent to the palate, addition of snails of Escargot, as French call it, may turn down the desire to relish it. Snail caviar is an expensive dish that the French cuisine offers on its fine dining menu but however renowned and experimental gourmet that you may be, snails are still more locally preferred than by the international palate.
Itâs difficult to understand why the pastry haven on the planet would prefer soar so high and profitable in its marketing of packed macaroons when they can be shopped instantly and freshly made from any street side bakery, especially in a country where if not anything else, bakery most definitely flourishes. Question is, how do these typical supermarkets accomplish selling off sealed macaroons amidst such better alternatives?
Scanning through a typical French grocery store, you may find just anything you could ask for canned and vacuum sealed. So much so often, that even bakery is now available as dough ready to be baked including those of croissants!
6. Flavoured Yoghurt
Not a very appealing to many, yoghurts in all forms and colours adorn the French supermarket aisles. It wouldnât be completely unfair to term it an exaggerated attempt to infuse a flavour to just any food item when finding plain yoghurt drives you insane. Sugary and candied may not everyoneâs cup of tea let alone the French.
7. Canned salads
Like others werenât enough. In the pastry havens where people prefer packed bread and macaroons, its not surprising enough to find even salads packaged with a best before date. What came to be known for its fresh from the backyard garden flavours, freshness and the crisp, are now canned food for many. Takers any?