Meet again, sweet country

Coral-dominated beaches, peaks, cirques and forts Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, Reunion Island doesn’t need to prove its uniqueness. But from sugar to chocolate, going through red palm kernels and vanilla, the island is a great storehouse of fruits, spices and sweets. This rural Reunion is open to travelers who want to enhance their experience of the island. Between climbing the Piton des Neiges and swimming in the Trou d’Eau river, meet three farmers from Reunion, producers of the best delicacies.

In Sainte-Anne, before going up to the property of Philippe Morel, there is a wonderful church that forces you to stop. From the mid-nineteenth centurywould be century, but it is the decorations like Gaudi – slender and rich, the facade reminds of the Sagrada Familia – from the 1920s to decorate it.

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On the left, all stucco in pastel colors, the beautiful church of Sainte-Thérèse served as the location for the wedding photo of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve in The Mississippi Mermaid by François Truffaut, published on the island at the end of 1968. After the village, the road is already covered with sugarcane, whose fields stretch as far as the eye can see. Sometimes the cane gives way to the lower parts, covered with serrated leaves that hide rotten pines. The stage is set.

“I am a Yab chouchou, from Salazie, where they grow chouchou, this typical meat plant of Reunion” – Philippe Morel, farmer in Saint-Anne

Small grass fascinator and slogan embroidered t-shirt “The long flavor is there at M. Morel”, Philippe Morel is what we call style. The farmer welcomes us for lunch from the field to the farm in his racket, a pit of cinder blocks and pieces of metal, blackened by the fire that burns constantly in the hearth. . Smoke comes out of a window that lets in the sun. Covers are blown on the way. “I am a Yab, a descendant of the little devils of the Hauts – the lake of Reunion, the reliefs, against the Bas, the coast and its plateau – so called because they were not baptized and did not go. to church. »

Philippe Morel, in his sugar plantation, in Saint-Anne, Reunion.

He tossed the black sausage curry while talking: There are three types of Yab: the red, which lives near volcanoes; yellow feet, cultivating turmeric; and the Yab chouchou, like me, is from Salazie, where the chouchou, this typical meat vegetable of Reunion, grows. » These facts, which hold a strong place here, speak well: Reunion has a long tradition as a breeding island.

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