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La Maison du Fruit Confit

Confectioner in Provence since 1962

Since 1962, we've taken the time to select the finest fruit for candying by our experienced confectioners. Ideally located in Apt, we can offer you fruit from the beautiful Provence region, where many varieties grow that are perfect for candying.

Our expertise and excellence were rewarded in 2017 with the EPV label: Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant. It's a real guarantee of quality that advocates our mastery of candied fruit. It rewards all the knowledge held by the men and women of our company. Both in France and abroad, we are true ambassadors of French know-how.

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In the Vaucluse region, ideally located between Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin, La Maison du Fruit Confit is situated at the entrance to the town of Apt. It's at the crossroads of the Luberon itineraries, on the RD 900 coming directly from Avignon, that you can access the store.

The boutique, inside the production workshops, is a gourmet showcase of Provencal savoir-faire. Here, you can taste before you buy!

In a rich, colorful atmosphere, the factory store offers a wide range of candied fruits and confectionery from Provence. A selection of calissons, nougats, honeys, syrups, fruit jellies and other delicacies from Provence are sure to please.

The museum: a sensory journey into the world of candied fruit

In the heart of the Luberon region, you'll find a 100 m² space dedicated to candied fruit. Discover the secrets of candied fruit from Provence through the ages. For even more discovery, we offer an olfactory tour throughout the visit. Scent diffusers await you, containing the gourmet fragrances of our candied fruits. Free of charge and open to the public, this will be a true sensory voyage.

The tea house

Between the Monts de Vaucluse and the northern slopes of the Luberon, on the Calavon cycle route, the tearoom and its terrace welcome you for a fruity snack.

Anchored in our region, we make it a point of honor to promote local artisans. La Maison du Fruit Confit works in collaboration with Apt pastry-makers, who use their traditional skills to bring you local specialities such as galapians and candied fruit cakes.

You'll also have the opportunity to taste handcrafted fruit juices made in Provence, cold drinks, teas and coffees. Our pastry and drinks menu changes throughout the year, so don't miss out!

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Candied fruits

A story set in time

Candied fruits in ancient times: a preservation method

Candied fruit, as we know it today, has undergone many changes over many eras. Indeed, the first candied fruits are thought to have appeared as far back as Antiquity. In those days, eating candied fruit was mainly a way of preserving fruit for longer, especially in winter. There were several ways of preserving fruit, including drying, using cane sugar or, in southern Europe, honey.

The discovery of candied fruits in the West

In the West, it was not until the late Middle Ages that the first candied fruits appeared. It was during the Crusades that the ancestors of candied fruit, jams and fruit jellies were discovered.

Candied fruits has grown in popularity over the years

As the culinary world evolved, so did cooking methods. Gastronomy became more refined, with research focusing on the real taste of food and the embellishment of flavors. 

With these changes came new flavors, such as candied fruit. Little by little, many confectioners set up shop, particularly in Provence in the Vaucluse region. As for the recipe for this confection, it was written by Nostradamus in 1555, in his "Traité des fardements et confitures".

Apt: the world capital of candied fruit

You've probably heard of the town of Apt, which is now recognized as the world capital of candied fruit. It's thanks to the land that surrounds it that it has been recognized as the orchard of France. In fact, the Calavon valley is home to a large number of fruit trees, making it ideal for the production of candied fruit.

With the industrial revolution, candied fruit could easily be exported in large quantities. The know-how of the confectioners has been passed on over time to create a veritable institution of candied fruit.

Since 2018, Apt's candied fruit has been part of our intangible cultural heritage. The latter is made up of oral traditions, knowledge and know-how linked to crafts and nature.

Did you know?

Candied fruit is one of the 13 desserts of Provence, a Provencal tradition at Christmas Eve after dinner... where you'll find nougats, gibassier, calissons, pâte de coing.... These desserts are traditionally presented on the Christmas table after the main meal, and shared with family and friends. Each dessert has a deep symbolic and historical significance in Provencal culture.

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