French Baby Food

• 20 May 2011


























I've never had to shop for baby food in France before, so this last trip marked a first. Here in the US, it seems the yummiest looking + tastiest baby food (i.e. the kind I wouldn't mind eating myself...:)) falls into the "organic" category (my favorite here); it appeared the same in France. Just look how cute these jar tops are!

And the flavors {translated into English here}...Vegetables Proven├žal, Red Fruits (Raspberries, Strawberries, etc.) and William Pear. Yes, the baby food doesn't just read "pears" as it does here in the US--they actually specify the variety of pear used in that little jar of baby food. Those lucky French babies! Gray had all sorts of fun with the baby food there, but not so much with the parsnips :) (see above).

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello, Stephanie, thank you for the article on the differences of baby food in the US and France. I am interested in what healthy, nutritious (and fun) food to serve to children. I have noticed that the specific organic baby food (different brand though) 'Pear William' is also available here in the Czech Republic, also in Austria, Germany (and several surrounding countries). Have a very nice, relaxing weekend. Veronika from Prague

Sarah said...

Panais = parsnips. And I am so surprised to see parsnip baby food. (Although turnips wouldn't be very nice. Yuck.)

Stephanie said...

Veronika...so interesting! Maybe it's a European thing?

Sarah...yes, parsnips, turnips, I got them mixed up. Yes, panais = parsnips :) You're absolutely right! (I'll note the change) Thanks!

cee said...

Parsnips are definitely an integral part of English cuisine. They're affectionately and collectively known (along with turnips) as "nips". My daughter was weaned on them and she absolutely loves them.

Erin said...

Okay I am kind of surprised you don't make your own baby food since you enjoy cooking so much. No pressure it just seems like something you would do. I did with our youngest and it was a the best thing ever, he got to try so many great options...but my favorite was making homemade brown rice cereal. So easy and so much better than the box stuff.

Ana Degenaar said...

That looks like a perfect little meal. Miss Emma would agree with me.

Vasu said...

so cute bottles....

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stephmodo said...

Erin, we like to make our own baby food too; but, when we are traveling, and on the go, I'm all about the convenience of baby food. This Happy Baby brand is really amazing!

lindsay said...

I cant believe thay have parsnip baby food...

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Looks way better than American baby food!

Mrs. Biscuit said...

Those are adorable! The French really do have the right ideas about food. I mean seriously, Williams Pears, that's amazing!

Oh, and I would absolutely, positively eat the red fruits one. That is definitely my most favorite flavor for anything, even more than chocolate! YUM!


<3 MuffinLovesBiscuit

Denise Laborde said...

Hi Staphanie
We buy that same brand for when we are in a pinch. Lucien loves the panais and the potimarron!
Bises
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Denise Laborde said...

Oops! I meant to write "Stephanie."

Blogful said...

That's funny that your baby didn't care for parsnips. I actually fed some pureed roasted root vegetables to my baby this weekend and he hated them too. Typically he loves them, but I was thinking it was because I had included parsnips. Too funny!

Stephanie said...

Denise, oooh, I totally missed the potimarron baby food! Drat! That sounds amazing--like something I'd like to eat :) lol.

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