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The area covered by the Isigny PDO is in Normandy. The fertile soil of the Normandy countryside is responsible for the rich grass found there. The milk used to make Crème d’Isigny comes exclusively from a small zone around Isigny-sur-Mer comprising 175 communes from Cotentin to Bessin. At least 30% of the milk comes from Normandy cows that have been out to graze for at least 7 months of the year, starting from as soon as the weather permits it. The five rivers that meander through the surrounding marshland and the accompanying spray add a unique quality to meadows. The grass is rich in carotene, giving PDO Crème d’Isigny a very distinctive ivory colour. The slow old-style maturing is an important and delicate stage of production that enables PDO Crème d’Isigny to develop a special aromatic range. It contains at least 35% fat that comes solely from the milk, with no artificial additives, colouring, preservative or flavouring. The maturing process gives the cream its creamy texture and a full-bodied flavour and lightly acidic taste.