And though these goodies hail from different regions in France, they typically are found in Paris food shops at affordable prices (check any Monoprix grocery store), evoking a taste of the country long after you arrive home. Here are six delicacies to bring back to your pantry for a taste of France.
Anything from the bean-to-bar chocolate maker Bernachon in Lyon is worth the three-hour train ride from Paris.
Fleur de Sel: Brittany
Standard in French kitchens, this flaky salt is formed by the sea and sun, and hand-harvested from marshes. My favorite: Terre Exotique’s Fleur de Sel de Île de Ré.
Nothing like grandma’s, these partially dried prunes from Gascony are “deeply chocolaty in flavor,” says Lebovitz.
Buckwheat Flower Honey: Brittany
Sample varieties of this golden treat at local markets. Brittany’s musky, buckwheat flower honey is the crown jewel.
Espelette Pepper: Espelette
Ground from chili peppers grown in the Basque countryside, these mild, fragrant flakes enhance most dishes. Try Albert Ménès Piment d’Espelette.
Dijon Mustard: Beaune
Not all Dijon mustards are made with seeds from France. Artisanal Edmond Fallot’s Burgundy mustard always is.