The Sweetness of Honey

Mmmm, honey! This tasty treasure comforts us during the long months of winter. The beekeeper Laurence Roche, who produces and transforms her honey at the Hameau du Pichovet in Vachères, shares with us her love for bees and one of her favorite recipes, for gingerbread.
By Caroline Taret

Bees are cherished in Vachères around the Hameau de Pichovet. Young beekeeper Laurence Roche possesses over 150 hives around this property and in winter she tackles transforming the lavender or chestnut honey harvested in summer. In the idyllic setting of this discreet guesthouse located a few kilometers from the village of Vachères, Laurence explains her love for bees and honey. A special moment that reminds us of the importance of the simple things, like nature’s beauty or the benefits of honey day to day. In winter the beekeeper sells her honey and transforms it into gourmet delicacies, classic Provençal dishes like white or dark nougat, one of the best we’ve ever tasted with its almonds coming straight from the Valensole Plateau, or a personal version of the “calisson” that Laurence charmingly calls the Kalissounet and which is prepared with the best candied melons from Apt, famous for their quality, and located close to this haven of peace. Laurence Roche shares her knowledge with us, but also her one of her personal recipes, for gingerbread! Tested and approved by the editors!



A village not to miss, and not only for its exceptional bookshop Le Bleuet, or its irresistible delicatessen run by the spirited Clauvis Melchio.


The land of candied fruit, Apt is a typically Provençal village which is worth a visit just to wander through the old town scattered with big, old Provençal homes.


A village at the heart of the Provence of L’OCCITANE, Forcalquier represents the true Provence so dear to Olivier Baussan, founder of the company.


The orange village located in the heart of ochre country is a genuine Provençal postcard, providing an immersion in ochre, between a visit to the Bruoux mines and the Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory.

Hameau de Pichovet
Campagne Pichovet
Michèle AURAN – T 04 92 73 33 48

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