Provence Holidays

The 13 Provencal desserts

Here is a typical Provencal tradition and one of the oldest Christmas: the 13 desserts! A ritual already centuries old.

Indeed, 13 desserts for the 13 guests of the Last Supper: the twelve apostles and Christ. These desserts follow, as tradition dictates, "the big supper" - composed of lean dishes - accompanied by a small glass of wine. Here is the list ...

Dates
The gibassie (or oil pump)
White nougat
Black nougat
The almonds
Figs Raisins
Nuts (or hazelnuts)
The calissons of Aix
The quince paste
White grapes (serving)
Christmas melon (Verdau)
Oranges (or mandarins)

The 13 Provencal desserts