Cardon: a unique vegetable
The cardoon (French: "cardon") is a thistle-like vegetable cultivated in the Geneva Region and neighbouring canton Vaud. It tastes of artichoke and is popular especially during colder months baked in a gratin sauce (gratin de cardon). The cardoon was introduced in the 17th century by Huguenots who had fled to French-speaking Switzerland.
Gstaad sweets: seductive
Gstaad has a sweet tooth. The village confectioners offer an inspiring range of sweet temptations, from the celebrated "Saanen Gibeni" (chocolates filled with hazelnuts and hazelnut cream) to the "Gletschertüüfeleni" (chocolates filled with walnuts, almonds and chocolate cream) and to the Premium Ice Cream made from the finest Saanen cows' milk: too good to resist!
Basel Fasnacht: food to celebrate
Basel's Fasnacht (carnival) is a feast for the senses that begins with the Morgenstraich procession at 4am. Colourful masks, lanterns and costumes abound, as do three Fasnacht specialities whose aroma fills the air for Basel's "three most beautiful days": Mehlsuppe (brown flour soup), Zwiebelwähe (onion tart) and Fastenwähe, a caraway-seed pretzel enjoyed with beer.
L'Etivaz AOP: a Swiss original
High up on the lush alpine meadows of the Lake Geneva Region graze the brown-and-white cows that are at the origin of L'Etivaz. They produce the healthy milk for this celebrated summer alpine cheese, which is made in large copper cauldrons over an open fire. This was the first cheese to receive the Swiss AOP (Registered designation of origin) label.