Today is Mother’s Day in France. How lucky is it that it falls in the middle of peony season?!
The markets of France live by the seasons, whether it be for fruits and vegetables or flowers. Like the asparagus that can be found at the market for just a few weeks each spring, peonies will only be around for a short while.
We must get them while we can and every Parisian knows it. It seems that everywhere I look, someone is toting a bunch, tightly wrapped in brown paper.
These fragrant natives of Asia were described by Marco Polo as “roses as big as cabbages”. They can grow to be 10 inches across.
If it seems that they are every bride’s flower of choice, it’s no wonder; they are considered a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Bonne Fête des Mères!