Agneau de pré-salé

Sheep grazing the salt meadows around Mont Saint-Michel

Agneau de pré-salé (French: "Salt meadow lamb") is a type of lamb which was raised in salt marsh meadows of France,[1] especially Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and the Bay of the Somme in Picardy. The sheep graze in pastures that are covered in halophyte grasses with a high salinity and iodine content,[2] causing their meat to have a distinct taste that is considered a delicacy.[3]

In 2006, salt marsh lamb raised in the area around the Bay of the Somme received its own AOC certification.[4] It can also be found, to a lesser extent, in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.[5][6]

See also


  1. J. P. Doody (2008). Saltmarsh conservation, management and restoration. Springer. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-4020-4603-2. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  2. Hugh Johnson (1 March 2006). A Life Uncorked. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-24850-2. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  3. "Cattle may safely graze", New Scientist, p. 57, March 17, 1988, ISSN 0262-4079
  4. Lascève, Agnès (June 19, 2011). "La baie de Somme". France Today. FrancePress. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  5. Keating, Sheila (28 June 2008), "Food Detective: Salt Marsh Lamb", The Times Online
  6. "Bio-production and ecosystem development in saline conditions" (PDF). The National Council for Agricultural Research. June 2000. ISBN 90 - 5059 - 113 - 2. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
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