La longeole: a supreme sausage
The people of Geneva love their longeole – the most packed and substantial of all Swiss sausages. It is made with gelatinous pork and flavoured with a spice mixture containing fennel seeds. This monumental sausage must be simmered for three hours before being served – traditionally with boiled potatoes and lentils. It is especially popular during the colder months – and is of course an essential feature of Geneva's famous Escalade festivities, when the aroma of Geneva longeole wafts up from every street corner.
Gamaret: a grape success
The Gamaret grape variety was created – along with its sibling, Garanoir – in 1970 by crossing Gamay and Reichensteiner stock. Since then, this red wine grape has enjoyed unparalleled success. As the grapes are highly resistant, they can be left to mature for longer. The resultant wines are of a vivid colour, fruity and spicy, and go well with grilled dishes.
Linth corn: exceptional taste
Linth corn is a wholegrain corn: the entire kernel is ground, complete with husk and germ. It therefore retains its full content of vitamins and minerals, and because its fat content is higher, it has a particularly rich flavour. As well as the customary corn dishes, it is also used to make beer, whisky and bread.
Räuschling: the crisp white
The Räuschling is an old variety of grape that is still cultivated in only a few places in Switzerland. It thrives on the sunny slopes above Lake Zürich, and the resulting crisp, fruity white wine has evolved into something of a regional speciality. Zürich's house wine goes well with fish dishes, and also makes a popular aperitif.