It’s said that this fruit tree, recognizable by its pretty, pink tinged white flowers, defines the spring, because it’s one of the first plants to flower. The almond tree, present in Provence since the beginning of time, had almost disappeared over the last 60 years. But thanks to the passion of two brothers, Jean-Pierre and André Jaubert, since 2002, Provençale almonds are back in Valensole.
At 700 meters of altitude, the roughly 100,000 almond trees planted over 50 hectares appear to like it here, despite their sensitivity to the cold. It must be said that everything has been considered, windmills are used to circulate warmer air towards the roots. For the harvest also, the Jaubert brothers have gambled on modernity, using tractors equipped with a system that make the trunks vibrate allowing one to collect the ripe almonds.
Just as delicious fresh as dried, almonds are also one of the ritual 13 Christmas desserts in Provence. They are also used in a range of specialties and confectionary like for example the Montelimar nougat. In cosmetics, almonds, known for their hydrating properties and delicious perfume, are very highly valued. Containing 50% fat, they are especially used to produce oil that is found in a range of L’Occitane beauty products.