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Lavender and Lavandin


The Apt plain is covered with carpets of “real” lavender and lavandin, or hybrid lavender. The village of Lagarde d’Apt alone accounts for 20% of France’s lavender production. Once the lavender is cut (initially with a scythe, now with a combine harvester), it is dried and then distilled to produce essential oil. Around 100 kg of dried lavender is needed to make 1kg of oil. Lavender oil has been used since Antiquity, but it wasn’t until the Renaissance that trade developed, thanks largely to the Medicis. Since then, the flower that has become synonymous with Provence has been used in a wide range of products including herbal tea, spiced bread, sorbet, lemonade, soap, and perfume.

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