We visited “Le Grand Séchoir” which is a walnut museum situated in vinay, in the “département” of Isère. The region is famous for its walnut trees, there are 680.000 walnut trees in the area.
During the visit, we found out that in order to be called “Noix de Grenoble” walnuts must be produced in a particular area (Isère and parts of the “départements” of Savoy and Drôme) and they must be one of only 3 varieties of walnuts : Franquette, Mayette and Parisienne. 95% of the walnut produced are the Franquette variety.
In the museum, we also saw old machines and we could compare them with today’s. At the end of the visit, we tasted local products made with walnuts.