The food of Provence is inspired by the earthy local flavors found throughout the region. In the summer, the dishes are evidence of the wide variety of fresh foods found in the local farmers markets. Fruits and vegetables, flowers, spices and herbs, olives,honey, and cheese abound. In winter the dishes, while still varied, are heartwarming and robust to ward off the cold winds of the Mistral. But no matter the season, cuisine Provencal delights the palate and satisfies the soul. Only the wine, an array of local whites, reds, and rosés, rivals the food in tempting the taste buds.