In the heart of the Dordogne, Périgord was ideally suited to becoming one of France's leading strawberry-growing regions. Its mild temperatures, sunny exposure and light soil provide an idyllic setting for strawberries, France's favourite fruit. With the walnutThe Périgord strawberry is a typical product celebrated by a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication). From the mara des bois to the gariguette, savour the sweet flavour of the eight varieties of Périgord strawberry!

Why are Périgord strawberries so famous?

A short history of the Périgord strawberry

With more than 55,000 tonnes produced each year, strawberry production in the Dordogne is one of the largest in France. Strawberries were first grown between vineyards at the end of the 19th century.e century in Périgord. But it was in the mid-20e that this region became the leader in strawberry production in France. 

The producers obtained their first certification in 1999, and in 2004 the European Commission awarded them their 1st Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

Périgord PGI strawberries, a quality label

The PGI guarantees consumers :

  • production in compliance with specifications;
  • product traceability ;
  • environmentally friendly cultivation in the open ground ;
  • picking fruit when it is ripe;
  • respect for the different varieties and their taste quality.

Did you know?

 PGI certification covers more than 60 control points, including terroir, cultivation, harvesting and distribution.

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Red and sweet, you'll find them at all our markets!

With strawberry varieties from Périgord: six months of pleasure

You can find Périgord strawberries on market stalls, in greengrocers' or directly from the growers, from May to October. From Darselect to Charlotte to Mara des Bois, the varieties produced in the Dordogne all have their own distinctive taste!

Varieties of Périgord strawberriesColour and appearanceTexture and flavourConsumption period
DarselectBrick red to purpleFleshy and regularApril to June
CléryBright, conical redSweetApril to June
DonnaLight, elongated redSweetApril to June
CandissBright, rounded redTender and juicyApril to June
GariguetteRed-orange, elongatedJuicy and tangyApril to mid-June
CirafineBright, elongated redAcidic and slightly aromaticMay and June
Wood MaraBright, irregular redVery sweet with a woodland fragranceMid-May to October
CharlotteRed-orange and roundedSlightly acidic, woodland fragranceMid-May to October

What to pair Périgord strawberries with?

Strawberries, walnuts and jam on a picnic at Les Eyzies, Dordogne ©Instapades Studio - OT Lascaux-Dordogne

The Périgord strawberry is a local product to satisfy gourmets and gourmands alike! In the Dordogne, Périgord gastronomy is packed with treasures such as foie gras, walnuts from Périgord, duck breast or caviar. This is the perfect opportunity to create a whole host of recipes using strawberries.

  • As a sweet and savoury starter, Périgord strawberries go perfectly with an avocado tartar and an foie gras. It is also perfect in a salad with a squeeze of lemon and a few basil leaves.
  • As a main course, you can opt for a strawberry-based sauce that goes deliciously over a duck breast.
  • For cheese lovers, strawberries are the perfect accompaniment to a Cabécou and nuts du Périgord.
  • For those with a sweet tooth, the Périgord strawberry can be enjoyed as a tart, cheesecake, soup or crumble. You'll be spoilt for choice!

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