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Lynn Deasy is a freelance writer, author, foodie, and garden tinkerer. She lives in a 600 year old house in southern France with her husband, Christophe. Currently, she is looking for a literary agent for her memoir CA VA? STORIES FROM RURAL LIFE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE which examines the oddities of French provincial living from an outsider’s point of view through a series of adventures that provide more than a fair share of frustration, education, admiration, and blisters…. yes, lots and lots of blisters. Lynn blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blé de la Sainte Barbe

            In Provence, December 4th is the traditional start to the holiday season.  Each saint has a day on the calendar and December 4th is the day of Saint Barbara or Sainte Barbe.  On this day, lentil or wheat grains are placed in a shallow dish to germ for 20 days.  This blé de la Sainte Barbe is an old tradition that, if well germinated, is a symbol of prosperity for the next year.

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