The Ratte

Originally created in 1870, in the official catalogue of varieties since 1935, the Ratte was originally called the Quenelle de Lyon or the billy-goat's horn or sheep's horn due to its elongated and slightly curved shape. The Ratte, which also became famous under the names Princesse and Cornichon (gherkin) has a fine skin and yellowish flesh. Available from August to May, it has that famous taste that some call hazelnutty, others chestnutty. This variety, which originated in France in 1872, requires considerable care to grow, but it remains modest, and its flavours are best revealed with just a knob of butter.