A walk amongst the almond trees

It’s in the midst of winter that Provençale almond trees come to life… Buds discreetly appear from the end of February with their pink hearts edged with pale green, allowing the first flower petals to break through. Nature awakens slowly but surely.
by Caroline Taret
Our winter walk takes us around the villages of Lurs and Entrevennes, in the Alps of Upper Provence. Our goal? To capture the awakening of the almond trees, which, from the end of the month of February, display their first buds. A spectacular landscape presents itself to the visitor who climbs the dirt tracks and lets himself be tempted by a morning adventure. Our guide Christophe Delahaye arranges to meet us in the early morning in the heights of the little village of Entrevennes, for a winter sunrise. On the program, an exceptional range of colors, between violets, pinks, ash blues, the green-gray of lavender plants that appear like regular folds on the hills. And in the distance the mountains still capped with snow remind us that spring is still far away. It’s in this unique setting that the almond trees slowly come to life, boldly suggesting the imminence of the wonderful blossom season. The almond tree in this month of February allows its little buds to peacefully open, like elegant buttons made of plants. The flowers are patiently waiting, well sheltered in their cocoon, sometimes letting one or two petals prematurely escape. After the flower, the fruit comes to decorate with its weight the almond trees’ solid branches and to deliver the precious almond nut: comforting, strengthening and softening. We can’t wait to see it, to touch it, and of course, to taste it.

To visit in the region

Lure

A little village packed with charm, Lure is worth a visit for its panoramic view over the Alps of Upper Provence and the Luberon.

Les Petites Tables restaurant inside the Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx

Virginie and Josephine invite you to a lunch prepared with love and local, seasonal produce!

Joyce’s Cooking Classes in Oraison

The whole essence of Provençale cuisine can be found at Joyce Borgmann’s place, where she welcomes her students to a unique kitchen.

The Doucet Confectionary

Pralines, fruit jellies, chocolate coated fruit… What more is there to say about this confectioner, as appreciated by locals as visitors?


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Fugu'en Cimes
with Christophe Delahaye, guide
04 92 79 17 23
www.fugues-alpes-provence.com
A walk amongst the almond trees
Almond trees blossoming
Provence
Photography L'Occitane

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