With its flawless appearance, beautiful dark red colour and lovely sweet scent, the Carpentras strawberry first appeared in Comtat Venaissin in the late 19th century, and has remained a success ever since. A registered trademark since 1987, it is generally found on market stalls between March and June.
Derived from three varieties, Ciflorette, Gariguette and Pajaro, the Carpentras strawberry, rich in vitamins C and B9, benefits from a sunny climate and well-drained soil, giving large berries with a sweet, fragrant taste. It can be eaten on its own, as a dessert with whipped cream or sugar, or in a pastry, jam, syrup or nectar.
As France's fourth biggest strawberry-producing department, Vaucluse accounts for 5% of French production. This delicious fruit is celebrated every year in mid-April, in the town of Carpentras, with a program of events including meetings with producers, strawberry tastings, cookery demonstrations, musical entertainment and a parade by the Carpentras strawberry brotherhood.