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Plateau Valensole (Planas de Provence Valençòla in standard classical Plano Valençolo Mistralian according to the standard is in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, south-west of Digne-les-Bains, between the valleys of the Durance in the east, the north and Bléone Gorges du Verdon and Lac de Sainte-Croix in the south. The average altitude is 500 m and covers an area of 800 sq. km.
It is crossed by the valley of the Asse, which separates into two asymmetrical.

The Valensole live mainly on agriculture, tourism and handicrafts. It is famous for growing lavender and truffles. 81,400 ha are cultivated plateau. Formerly the nineteenth century, the plateau was grown mainly fields of almond and truffle oaks. This economy has disappeared and was replaced by the cultivation of lavender and grain. The plateau is called the "breadbasket of the region."

The lavender is the crop most famous of the plateau. Yet endangered in 30 years by foreign competition, it is used for the manufacture of soap, used by local beekeepers at flowering (June-July) to extract the famous lavender honey, distilled for perfume or fragrances and formerly for its medicinal properties.

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