If you’ve never been to the French Riviera before, allow me to transport you. The ocean is a staggering cerulean, placid and all but wave-free. Houses are stacked like Legos on top of each other, nestled in the coastal peaks. The vegetation is nothing short of sublime—palm trees and flowers in every color—and like an earthbound Eden, heaps of fresh, aromatic fruit can be found in every nook.
Lemon, the national fruit of Monaco, is a symbolic fruit in the Riviera. Citrus, in general, reigns supreme. Every year, Menton holds the Fête du Citron, a carnival celebrating the fruit. All throughout France, peaches are also ubiquitous.
“Louis the 14th was a big fan of peaches, and he had peach trees in his garden in Versailles,” says Ben Krigler, a fifth-generation perfumer for the iconic Krigler luxury fragrances. “That was a big trend in France, to have a peach tree, because it was the fruit of the king.”