“The classic bean of France’s Vendée region, the mogette is a tender, elongated white bean imported from South America by 16th-century Spanish seafarers. Monks working in the region’s low-level farmlands found that weather conditions there were ideal for growing the bean. The seeds are sown in May, when the ground is warmer. The mogette beans are harvested in August when they reach maturity. This cultural expertise, rooted in a thorough knowledge of local growing conditions, was officially recognized with Protected Geographical Indication certification in 2009. In 2006, Vendée Mogette beans received Red Label status, a guarantee of superior quality as well as traceability from the bean field to the dinner table.”
Mr Bethuys, expert preserver.