This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)
Click [show] on the right to read important instructions before translating.
View a machine-translated version of the French article.
Google's machine translation is a useful starting point for translations, but translators must revise errors as necessary and confirm that the translation is accurate, rather than simply copy-pasting machine-translated text into the English Wikipedia.
Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article.
Positioned in the heart of the Alsace wine growing region, Gertwiller specialises in the manufacture of pain d'épices, a traditional sweet spicey confection not dissimilar from ginger bread. The tradition dates at least as far back as the eighteenth century, and by the start of the twentieth century there were at least 8 separate businesses manufacturing the speciality. Pain d'épice from Gertwiller became famous through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and can be found at almost every village market or fête in the region. Although the breads are normally oval in shape, for lovers it is possible to buy heart shaped loaves. In its time Gertwiller has received the title of French capital of pain d'épice, in succession to more substantial settlements such as Rheims and Dijon. Although the business continues to thrive in Gertwiller, it is today concentrated in just two business one of which, 'Lips', opened in 1998 a museum dedicated to pain d'épice and popular art of the region.