Corsica is a wonderful place to spend the holiday, since it combines both Italian and French culture, history and civilization. Corsican food could be said to be something of a microcosm of the island itself: somewhere French and Italian, but featuring many aspects which are distinctly Corsican and unique to the island. The earthy style cooking takes its inspiration from the land, with sun loving fruits and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses. As for the wine, well, you won’t be disappointed.
Corsicans take their food and drink very seriously and it is quite common for locals to take a leisurely three course lunch accompanied by a few glasses of Corsican wine. This also means that standards in restaurants are generally high. Wild boar is possibly the island’s most celebrated dish, look out for sanglier on the menu. Meat dishes may be served with pasta or polenta. On the coast you will find a good selection of fish and seafood, although due to reduced fish stocks in the Mediterranean, prices are now fairly high. Look out for the red mullet, sea bream and crayfish. Oysters are particularly recommended in the east and trout caught in the unpolluted rivers is a good alternative to meat inland.
Much of the mountain cooking is based around the locally produced dairy products and in particular the ewe’s cheese brocciu, which is similar to goat’s cheese. Brousse is a cow’s milk alternative which is often available in the summer but is not nearly as good. Cured meats are very popular and a wide selection are usually available, such as smoked ham, liver sausage, salami-style sausage, cheek, black pudding, head cheese, made from seasoned pigs’ brains. The most traditional Corsican desserts are milk or egg based, and consist in soft cheese tart is soaked in spirit and flambéed, and chestnuts flour doughnuts stuffed with cheese.Wine is, as in France, a natural part of every meal. There is a whole lot of Corsean wines, but French and Italian wines are also available. The favourite wine of Corsicans is the Muscat, a white wine with almost liqueur like taste and 15% alcohol. The wine is very mellow and characteristic, and quite cheap.
While you are in Corsica, one of the best ways to sample local food products is to visit one of the many Country Fairs. They take place all over Corsica, though the seasons, often related to the area’s specific production. If you decide to spend your holiday here, you will benefit from a wonderful experience, in terms of gastronomy, culture, history and civilization.