1850: The merchant of the four seasons
1850 The merchant
of the four seasons
Still a teenager, Ferdinand Hédiard was already thinking big. He began his Parisian venture with a modest cart that he acquired in 1850. Piled high with bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruit, he pitched it at the foot of the statue of Louis XIV in the Place des Victoires.
He soon caught the attention of passersby, who were intrigued by his unusual produce and quizzed him about its provenance. His gamble had paid off. He had a growing clientele of curious locals and artists, all in search of new flavors and keen to discover his latest marvels. Legend has it that Alexandre Dumas received his first pineapple from the hands of Ferdinand Hédiard.