The Provence almond blossoms are popping up, depending on your micro-climate that is, and it’s simply gorgeous to experience first-hand. For those locals who didn’t realize, lavender isn’t the only beautiful iconic flower of Provence you’ll find growing up on the famed, Plateau of Valensole, 700 meters above sea level. Within the next few weeks, Haute Provence’s famous “high plateau” will be raining beautiful white and blush petals. Another breathtaking seasonal Provence moment to behold.
Brothers, Jean-Pierre and André Jaubert, have one of the largest almond tree crops in Provence. The duo decided to replant almond trees that had been displaced, since the popularity of lavender planting took over the plateau in the 1950s. The brothers, who grew up picking almond trees as teenagers, wanted to bring back the trees and their family tradition to the region and set out to plant 50 hectares in 2002. Today, around 10,000 almond trees have taken root on their family farm, which so happens to be cultivated and used in several of the l’Occitane products.
Just might be time for another inspirational roadtrip, to one of my favorite Provence regions. In the meantime, try one of our favorite almond fragrance beauty products, this gorgeous Dry Oil by Source de Provence is just divine to prepare skin for spring…
Source de Provence, Huile Seche Amande (Almond Dry Oil) 100 ml / 3.38 fl.oz, $29 – Shop it in our boutique
Photo Credit: Almond Trees in bloom on the Plateau de Valensole courtesy of Unique Provence, luxury tour and travel agency located in Forcalquier, Provence.