What could be more symbolique of Provence than the olive tree, Olea europaea L. subsp. europaea? Of course it grows all over the Mediterranean region, but for me what the cypress is for Toscana the olive tree is for Provence.
I don't much care for the olive fruit on it's own but I use a lot of olive oil, so important to the Mediterranean diet, and I love to spread a true recipe from Provence, tapenade, a paste that is a mix of olives, anchovis and capers, on a slice of bread. Delicious for a snack or an apetizer.
Our very young olive tree
Le symbol de la Provence: l'olivier.