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The violet from Toulouse, sugar and Jeux Floraux

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Festivities Speciality Clémence Isaure

What’s this?

Toulouse produces violets since the end of the 19th century: it’s a little candy with a strong and acidulous violet taste. Confectioners use fresh violet flowers crystallized in sugar.

The little history

In the Middle-Ages, Clémence Isaure gave these little flowers to the winner of the Jeux Floraux.

Everything began in November 1323, when 7 troubadours gathered in Toulouse to discuss about a kind of poetry contest:  every year, a golden violet would be given to the winner, the one who wrote the best poem.

The first Jeux Floraux were launched: for the first edition, Arnaud Vidal de Castelnaudary was awarded of the joya de la violetta...

The story of the little blue flower began at the end of the 18th century: it was a specie from Parma, Italy, brought in Toulouse. The candy itself was created at the end of the 19th century.

About the the author

I'm fond of strolls and History, with juicy and spicy details!