The area known as the Domfrontais, (after the little town of Domfront), covers the south west of the Orne department, and is famous for its perry.

Perry is made from pears, although the typical perry pear is smaller and sharper than a table pear. Pear trees can be very long-lived, and some of the trees planted three hundred years ago during the reign of Louis XIV are still growing in the Domfrontais area. A tree grows up to 20 metres high and gives an average of 220 kilograms of fruit per year - but some varieties can give as much as 2 tonnes of pears!

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