Somme Bay Delicacies
- 2,500tonnes of bouchot mussels a year
- 300seashore fishers
- 5,000salt marsh sheep
Salt marsh lamb
The Estran trademark
Salt marsh lamb is raised in the salt marshes, areas which are covered by the sea 6 to 8 times a year, during high tides.
An appellation guaranteeing the origin of salt marsh lamb was created in 2006. This is true recognition for an authentic product typical of Picardy.
The lambs love to feed on common saltmarsh-grass, which gives the meat its distinctive iodine flavour and pink hue.
It is only available from late June to mid-February. The "Estran" trademark used to market salt marsh lamb was registered in 1991.
and bay herbs
Bouchot mussels are grown on large wooden poles, on the north Picardy coast between Quend and Saint-Quention-in-Tourmont, and between the Somme and Authie Bays.
14 mussel-growers produce 2,500 tonnes of mussels a year, keeping up the tradition of this typical bay product.
There are also over 300 seashore fishers. They alternately hunt for shellfish (such as hénons, little shellfish typical of Picardy with firm flesh) and shrimp, as well as gathering herbs growing in the bay.
The most famous of these is glasswort.
It can be harvested from late May to late September in Le Crotoy and Le Hourdel. Glasswort pickers may also pick sea asters, seepweed and other plants.
Seashore fishing is tolerated as a leisure activity outside the concessions. You may pick up to 500 g of glasswort per person a day and 5 kgs shellfish per person a day.
And other plants
roses of Picardy and sea buckthorn.
There's more to tickle those taste buds, such as products flavoured with Picardy roses growing in the Valloires gardens, sea buckthorn, rich in vitamin C, and the famous gateau battu, a rich, buttery brioche traditionally served at weddings.
The Terroirs de Picardie label lists all good Picardy produce and the boutiques that sell it.