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.
Six delicacies to bring back to your pantry for a taste of France:
> Chocolate: Lyon
Anything from the bean-to-bar chocolate maker Bernachon in Lyon is worth the two-hour train ride from Paris.
> Fleur de Sel: Brittany
> Prunes: Agen
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.