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Organic and local production



The origin of the "brède mafane"


Very present in the tropics, "brèdes mafanes" bring us powerful exotic scents. Its peppery taste and spicy flavor should be tried out in the kitchen, especially to enhance a salad. In the garden or in pots, it will adapt quite easily. In Malagasy, "bredy" means "grass" and "mafana" means "hot", in reference to the flavor of the leaves which, raw as well as cooked, have a spicy, peppery and refreshing flavor: they give for a few seconds an identical impression to mouth anesthesia.



A local and organic farming


We first started growing in Charente-Maritime, a welcoming land conducive to the growth of Brède Mafane. The first two years, we worked with Yannick and his draft mare, who love the good, the passing of time, to the rhythm of the seasons. They produced in reasoned agriculture a flower of Mafane of remarkable quality, faithful to the flowers discovered 10 years ago in Madagascar.

Now our Brède Mafane flowers are produced a little further north-west, in Loire-Atlantique, between Nantes and Pornic, in Saint Hilaire de Chaléons which is 20 minutes from the Loire and 20 minutes from Lake Grandlieu. It is therefore in the Farm to Culture that we found an ideal humid environment for this watercress. 

We now know that the plant also grows wonderfully in Loire-Atlantique. We have entrusted organic production to Fabien, a young farmer based in Saint Hilaire de Chaléons, on the road to Pornic. Our flowers are now five kilometers from our head office. 



An anise rum made from Agastache flower


Anise Hyssop, also called Agastache anise, is a flower native to North America that grows enormously in Canada, in the state of Alberta. A taste between liquorice and anise which makes it a flower widely used in cooking as an aromatic herb but also as a decoration thanks to its beautiful purple color.

It also grows organically in Loire-Atlantique, in the Cultures Farm. Fabien provides the flower with everything it needs in this place conducive to the development of flora and fauna. This flower brings a unique taste, like Mafana, to our Agasta.