History & heritage Maison des Johnnies - Roscoff onions discovery centre

The Breton onion-sellers know their onions

Roscoff, Finistère

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Oignon de Roscoff AOC AOP
48 rue Brizeux
29680 Roscoff

The Roscoff onions and the ‘Johnnies’ who sold them in an authentic setting.
In a former traditional Breton farm, the Maison des Johnnies explains the history of the Roscoff onion. And just who are/were the Johnnies? It is the name given to the onion sellers who, from the middle of the 19th century, used to set off from Roscoff in the summer to sell their onions door-to-door in England, first on foot, and later, on bikes. In 1929, there were some 1500 on the road. Today, there are about 20. An often forgotten story that is told here with photographs and films. The museum also shows off the Roscoff onion - its health benefits (vitamin C) and AOC (Appelation d'Origine Contrôlée) label - like wines - which was granted in 2009. And not forgetting meetings with the professionals, with tastings of onion based products, and a discovery trail in a little train including a visit to an onion grower.

Languages spoken

  • English

Access for the Disabled : yes

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