Local delicacies
' Le tourment d'amour '

The 'Tourment d'amour': a new way to discover 'Les Saintes'

Discover one of Les Saintes' most beloved traditional dishes – Le Tourment d'amour. While exploring Les Saintes, make sure to indulge in this Creole delicacy and be captivated by its irresistible flavors. It's an experience not to be missed for all food enthusiasts and travelers curious to explore local culture through cuisine.

Origin and History of the 'Tourment d'Amour'

The exact origin of the Tourment d'Amour (love tourment) is not officially certified, but it is believed to have been created by the wives of Saintois fisherman to comfort their husbands upon returning from the sea after a strenuous day's work.

The name "Tourment d'Amour" is said to derive from the anguish felt by women due to their husbands' absence at sea. Since May 2013, the Tourment d'Amour has been a registered trademark at the INPI (Institut National de la Protection Industrielle), safeguarding this traditional pastry of Les Saintes from imitation.

During the annual patron saint's day on August 15th, the Tourment d'Amour takes center stage in the folkloric events in Terre-de-Haut, featuring a competition to find the largest Tourment d'Amour.



Where to taste a 'Tourment d'Amour' ?

As you arrive in the village of Terre-de-Haut, numerous stands selling "Tourment d'amour" a signature pastry of Les Saintes– catch your eye. This dessert consists of a crispy shortbread pastry filled with coconut custard, sugar, vanilla, and rum.

Varieties with fruit, such as guava, passion fruit, or banana, are also available. The tropical fruit infuses a distinctive flavor, the sugar adds sweetness, and the rum contributes a warm note. The diverse elements harmonize perfectly, creating a delicious and unique dessert.

Tourment d'amour is often presented in artisanal packaging, typically as small individual tart, making it convenient for transportation and gifting.

An essential gourmet souvenir of your Les Saintes stay, Tourment d'amour is highly sought after and tends to sell out quickly, so consider purchasing some upon your arrival on the island.

💡 Any tips on how to enjoy Tourment d'amour?
Typically served at room temperature, Tourment d'amour can also be enjoyed warm, paired with a scoop of ice cream for an extra delightful experience.


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