Thanks to the abundance of fruit, there are over 1100 distilleries in the Renchtal, which process fruit into precious drops. In Oberkirch alone, around 800 small distilleries are registered, which is why the historic town at the beginning of the Rench valley is considered the capital of distillers! The delicious fruits are distilled into cherry brandy, mirabelle and plum brandy, raspberry brandy, William’s pear brandy and other high-quality brandies. A typical speciality is the Jerusalem artichoke, called a “Rossler” in Alemannic. It is popular with health-conscious eaters and gourmets alike. The specialty comes from the Jerusalem artichoke tuber, which, comes from North America. After a sumptuous meal, it is said to work wonders. For some diabetics it is revered as a gift from heaven. And it’s not only the schnapps that tastes great, but also the tuber itself, which you can taste for yourself during the Jerusalem artichoke weeks in the restaurants of the Rench valley. However, the other noble brandies are also welcome components of Renchtal’s gatronomy, which emphasises the fine Baden-Alsation cuisine in the region.