Pâté and terrine are a mix of finely chopped pieces of meat (like duck, porc, wild boar, chicken…), vegetables, herbs, spices and sometimes alcohols (such as Armagnac or Cognac). Our products are preservative free.
This product is a famous French entrée, which can be found in both daily family meals of all French and in the most exclusive restaurants’ plates.
The first pâté dates back to the Romans (Nero was very fond of it) but the recipe has evolved over the centuries. During the Middle Ages, the French chefs have made the pâté a true masterpiece, beautifully decorated for the ceremonial feasts. Over the years, each region developed its own pâté’s recipe.
In the early nineteenth century, Napoleon was looking for a mean to preserve the food for his armies. He launched a competition, and Nicolas Appert (1749-1841) presented his invention: a process involving heat treatment and moisture-proof wrapping. By sterilizing food to heat, this system, called canning, allows long-term storage at room temperature and is still used today. In the field of conservation, other packaging followed like transparent glass jars.
With new packaging and new flavors, the pâté has evolved over the years, but its story is not yet finished.
Did you know? France is the first European manufacturer of pâté, 25% of French people eat pâté one to several times a week and 68% of French people consume pâté at least once a month.