For several hundred years, the Ventoux foothills have been an important truffle area, supplying truffle markets including that of Carpentras on Friday mornings. To find truffles, just follow your nose...
Dogs or pigs? For harvesting, we tend to use dogs. As for flies, they tend to be used more by amateurs or poachers.
The truffle is a rare product that has retained all its mystery. Much remains to be discovered. For instance, some trees host the mycorrhizae on their roots while others don’t. When they do, there is a conspicuous circle where grass does not grow, called the burnt patch or the witch ring. Dogs and pigs alone are then capable of finding the exact location of a ripe truffle.
When you visit Provence, farmers who have diversified into agritourism will tell you all about truffles, show you ’cavage’ (harvest) and let you sample them. (Link to Joël Gravel and Mireille’s website for accommodation).
Le calendrier de la truffe :
Black truffle (Melanosporum) season goes from late November to early March, while white truffles (Aestivum) are harvested from May to August.