To Market: Cours Saleya in Nice

To Market: Cours Saleya in Nice

I must honestly tell you that I am entirely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of amazing (to me) things to show in the Cours Saleya market in Nice. I do not know where to start, where to divide, where to conquer, and where to end.


So…since there is so much that it is making me feel just a little fruity around the edges, maybe we should start with:

Fruits confits.


Now I offer this photo because it is clearly superior, in terms of photography.

But as I am looking at my collection of photos, I found my eye slowly focusing on the right corner of THIS photo.


LOOK at it! Candied cucumbers! I am just now realizing that I passed THIS CLOSE to candied cucumbers, did not even notice them at the time, and failed to seize the moment and try one.

I am bereft. Candied cucumbers. I can’t even begin to imagine how that would taste.

There’s no hope for it. I shall have to return, or else continue to browse French markets until I find someone else offering candied cucumbers.

It being a hot day and having recently come from a chocolate shop, none of us felt too much like fruits confits, in fact.

Lucky us, healthier snacks were to be had.


This is just a tiny portion of the dried fruit available at another stand. The dried melon, in the foreground of the photo, was absolutely delicious. I should have bought their whole supply.

Maybe it’s because we were in the Midi, I don’t know, but fruit–dried, fresh, glacé or confit–seemed to be in abundance. Remember Auer, the chocolate shop just down the street from the market? It featured in one of my major life tragedies. Here are their fruits confits.


Look at the syrup at the bottom of that pot on the left. We are having a debate as to what is confit there. Plums? Cherries? Cherry tomatoes? What do you think?


Keep the Mediterranean in mind, with its azure water, green and blue shutters, ochre buildings, palm trees, hot and happy people, and infinite quantities of yummy things to eat, because there is more to come…

  • Oh!!! My husband and I are planning a trip to Provence for next year – we just started last night – and so of course, I am eating this up. At least figuratively speaking.

    Candied cucumbers? I would love to try those!

    August 28, 2007 at 7:27 pm
  • Ohh looking at all that glacé makes me soo envious. Were so lame here in the USA, when it come to dried and glacé fruit. But I am not sure about the cucumber. I would try it though. Clarice

    August 29, 2007 at 9:16 am
  • The colors in these photos are beautiful. *sigh* Thank you for letting me travel with you via my computer!

    August 29, 2007 at 10:45 am
  • First of all : Candied cucumbers? Cucumbers candied. Yes, yes. you must get back to Nice at once. No mistake about it.

    Second of all : Dried watermelon? Watermelon without the water? How can that be? How???? Isn’t that like chocolate without…well…the dark colour? :-O

    I read the tragic chocolate story and just about bawled my eyes out. What a sad, sad day that must have been for you Laura. I do hope that event is never, ever repeated. I trust that this trip to Nice was undertaken in a properly air conditioned car. Or at the very least a cooler was secured and taken on the trip.

    lol! 😀

    August 29, 2007 at 10:09 pm
  • Anne-Gaelle

    stooop it please, I shouldn’t have a look to these wonderful pictures, it makes me feel like eating it…I’m gonna die of starvation!! I thought the red juicy fruit were cherries but now I wonder…

    August 30, 2007 at 2:19 am
  • So different from America, huh?!!! Unreal what is being served up in other places. Everything except the hot people sounds wonderful about Nice so far…
    If you are interested…I have ‘tagged’ you 🙂 If not thats fine too.

    August 30, 2007 at 7:07 am
  • Yes, those candied cucumbers leave me very curious. Definitely to be tried! I wonder how it’s made? It’s easy enough to find cucumbers, but I don’t trust myself to be able to turn them into proper concombres confites.

    Mimi, that is wonderful about the trip to Provence!

    They *might* be cherries, Anne-Gaelle, but studying the photo I started to doubt. And then I thought, well, if you can candy cucumbers, why not tomatoes? They look a little like cherry tomatoes to me.

    Ann, t was dried “mélon” not watermelon, I should have been more specific. What the French call ‘mélon’ has a flesh very similar to the canteloupe, although usually sweeter. The fact that it’s sweeter might be due to market/agricultural standards rather than the relative qualities of the fruit, though. (I find produce is usually much better in France than in the U.S. Except things like mangoes & papayas & pineapple–which aren’t good anywhere except in your climes!) I was still surprised the mélon could be dried, but it was good!

    I’m glad you did all right with Dean! I loved that trunk of vegetables on your blog yesterday.

    August 30, 2007 at 7:14 am
  • I’m a native and i have never, EVER, been in presence of candied cucumber before. They do say the French will eat anything, but this? Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous. I wish I was there!

    August 30, 2007 at 12:35 pm

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