Peaches in Paris: Hidden Gardens in the City of Love
Food| | By Jason Owen
Just east of the City of Love, the suburb of Montreuil near Paris houses 100,000 citizens as well as peaches… Yes peaches. And next time you visit, this is one destination you won’t find in many tour guides. Founded in the 17th century, the hidden gardens of Murs à Pêches produced about 15 million fruits a year in its prime.
Peaches have flourished and continued to be successful with the use of peach walls. Peach walls protect the peach trees from the cold and are made of limestone to withhold the sun’s heat. Not only dedicated to peach orchards, the “poetic place” of Murs à Pêches is also home to a maze of herb gardens and greens. Many admire Paris for their solid balance between urban living and rural growing. Not only has the city of Paris and the suburbs of France made an effort to maintain growth, but so have the citizens. The city has even taken steps to expand gardening permits for the outer lying suburbs of Paris, granting an easier approach to maintaining space for gardening. Gardens have definitely proven longevity for Parisians, many getting creative and taking their flourishing blooms to the rooftops of their homes. So if you’re looking to enjoy the Parisian lifestyle as a local, the Murs à Pêches is an adventure worth seeking!
(H/T: Atlas Obscura)
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